MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: There's still hope of a deal at County

First published in Sport South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

THERE were no doubt a few glum faces yesterday morning when the Argus revealed the breakdown in talks between the current board of directors and Matt Southall’s consortium.

The prospect of a number of local businessmen ploughing money into the club with the sole aim of getting into the Football League seemed almost too good to be true and some supporters may surmise it was exactly that.

Others will rant and rave and blame the current board, conspiracy theories will abound and a feeling of uncertainty and a missed opportunity will linger.

Having spent what feels like an eternity talking things over with the key figures involved, my belief is that there is still the potential for this alliance to become a reality. I don’t see this as being the definitive end to the prospect of Southall returning to the club, something most agree would be in everyone’s best interests.

Southall’s passion for Newport County and loyalty is quite simply beyond questioning, as is his business acumen and expertise in football, and his contacts book would give the club a fillip.

On the other hand, that shouldn’t detract from the achievements of the current board.

It’s a matter of public record that Howard Green-haf was the driving force behind the move to Rodney Parade and new chairman Les Scadding has an obvious financial clout and real vigor for seeing success come to the Exiles.

Fans questioning what Scadding brings to the table other than money are asking the wrong question. Would similar questions be asked of a multi-millionaire at another club? The fact is he does have that money and if some of it, even a tiny fraction, is to be spent on improving the Exiles, we are all winners.

Having heard all sides of the argument, it appears to me that none of the issues that have scuppered the deal are insurmountable.

There is a desire from everyone involved to see Newport County AFC be the very best they can be.

As long as that remains the case, I am hopeful this deal can be resurrected.

Put simply, I feel an agreement is far more achievable than I ever felt the ‘dream’ of County playing at Rodney Parade was.

Unfortunately, all Exiles supporters can do now is sit tight and hope for developments – and support the club with their usual passion and unwavering enthusiasm.

And a lack of ranting on the messageboard might help.

As revealed by us today, there remains hope from the board that talks can be resumed.

So long as that remains the case and everyone wants what is best for Newport County, I for one believe this can still come to fruition.

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9:42am Sat 15 Sep 12

paulkendallexpataustralia says...

It seems that a lot of people have a genuine interest in the club. Let's hope that common sense prevails and all parties can sit around a table and sort it all out. The clud comes first.
It seems that a lot of people have a genuine interest in the club. Let's hope that common sense prevails and all parties can sit around a table and sort it all out. The clud comes first. paulkendallexpataustralia
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9:44am Sat 15 Sep 12

ncfcr says...

Sorry Michael, I disagree completely with your sentiment.

There are a group of businessmen led by an ardent supporter IN OUR OWN CITY who want to invest serious money in the club, and they had to go knocking at the door of our board to (eventually) get a conversation struck up?

If the current board have the best interest of the club at heart, surely they would be actively seeking out these opportunities, not waiting for them to fall into their lap. If they don't have the time to do that, then this reaffirms Matt's comments that our current set-up is not fit for purpose.

If these two groups cannot work together, I don't think it takes a genius to work out who the fans will want.

Past good work counts for nothing in the eyes of your paying customer. You are either moving forwards or backwards. I think our board would be well advised to bear that in mind.
Sorry Michael, I disagree completely with your sentiment. There are a group of businessmen led by an ardent supporter IN OUR OWN CITY who want to invest serious money in the club, and they had to go knocking at the door of our board to (eventually) get a conversation struck up? If the current board have the best interest of the club at heart, surely they would be actively seeking out these opportunities, not waiting for them to fall into their lap. If they don't have the time to do that, then this reaffirms Matt's comments that our current set-up is not fit for purpose. If these two groups cannot work together, I don't think it takes a genius to work out who the fans will want. Past good work counts for nothing in the eyes of your paying customer. You are either moving forwards or backwards. I think our board would be well advised to bear that in mind. ncfcr
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10:26am Sat 15 Sep 12

County Till I Die says...

ncfcr
Whilst I agree broadly with your comments, it does take two to tango. The BOD should not just welcome investors without due diligence as in any business deal, because that is what it is. We don't know the requirements of either side and so all we can do is sit tight and hope that they can get rapidly to an agreement. You and I and all other avid County supporters can only support the process from the outside. Come on Matt, Howard, the County will never have a a more favourable time for returning to the Football League.
ncfcr Whilst I agree broadly with your comments, it does take two to tango. The BOD should not just welcome investors without due diligence as in any business deal, because that is what it is. We don't know the requirements of either side and so all we can do is sit tight and hope that they can get rapidly to an agreement. You and I and all other avid County supporters can only support the process from the outside. Come on Matt, Howard, the County will never have a a more favourable time for returning to the Football League. County Till I Die
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1:19pm Sat 15 Sep 12

adrian simmonds says...

I haven't seen much "ranting", Mr. Pearlam -we all want these discussions to resume. I'm not going to try to apportion blame but one thing that came through at the AGM was the lack of anything being put in WRITING by the consortium. I don't think any board of directors can start a dialogue based on verbal statements and you have to ask why Matt Southall is apparently so reluctant to put anything in print. Both david Hando and Howard Greenhaf said "we're waiting for something in writing".
So let's have it, Matt, - put all the caveats you like in if you want let's have something in writing to the board as a basis for real discussions.
I haven't seen much "ranting", Mr. Pearlam -we all want these discussions to resume. I'm not going to try to apportion blame but one thing that came through at the AGM was the lack of anything being put in WRITING by the consortium. I don't think any board of directors can start a dialogue based on verbal statements and you have to ask why Matt Southall is apparently so reluctant to put anything in print. Both david Hando and Howard Greenhaf said "we're waiting for something in writing". So let's have it, Matt, - put all the caveats you like in if you want let's have something in writing to the board as a basis for real discussions. adrian simmonds
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3:13pm Sat 15 Sep 12

ohc says...

This is such a familiar tale that I've listened to since the mid 1950s. Small time men appear and take control of the County. For them its the biggest thing in their lives and they want to protect their importance. Little ever comes of it. Nothing ever will until we get a business man in charge with skills in management without ego.
This is such a familiar tale that I've listened to since the mid 1950s. Small time men appear and take control of the County. For them its the biggest thing in their lives and they want to protect their importance. Little ever comes of it. Nothing ever will until we get a business man in charge with skills in management without ego. ohc
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8:05pm Sun 16 Sep 12

ebbwdragon says...

ohc wrote:
This is such a familiar tale that I've listened to since the mid 1950s. Small time men appear and take control of the County. For them its the biggest thing in their lives and they want to protect their importance. Little ever comes of it. Nothing ever will until we get a business man in charge with skills in management without ego.
Well that rules Matt Southall out straight away then. Seriously though, put the proposal in writing, include the names of the proposers and we're in business, simple really.
[quote][p][bold]ohc[/bold] wrote: This is such a familiar tale that I've listened to since the mid 1950s. Small time men appear and take control of the County. For them its the biggest thing in their lives and they want to protect their importance. Little ever comes of it. Nothing ever will until we get a business man in charge with skills in management without ego.[/p][/quote]Well that rules Matt Southall out straight away then. Seriously though, put the proposal in writing, include the names of the proposers and we're in business, simple really. ebbwdragon
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11:07am Mon 17 Sep 12

ohc says...

No it isnt I'm afraid. We need men of vision and with a record of success in relevant businesses. They dont need to understand football or love the County. They need to win at whatever they do. We need a vision and at strategy
No it isnt I'm afraid. We need men of vision and with a record of success in relevant businesses. They dont need to understand football or love the County. They need to win at whatever they do. We need a vision and at strategy ohc
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