New board members for Coventry City, but where are the new players?
The addition of two new members to the Board of Directors was not the good news story Sky Blues fans were hoping to hear this week.
These were not the signings we were expecting, and at the time of writing this (9:46pm on Thursday evening, to be precise), City looked to be heading into Saturday's season opener against Leicester without a single outfield summer signing.
I'd like to welcome Tim Fisher and Mark Labovitch to the club, and then follow that with a question: What on earth are you doing here?
Both men come from the big wide world of Finance, which to me is like a foreign planet, so second guessing their intentions would be entirely fruitless.
But I'm going to do it anyway.
These people know a fair bit about investment, so one might say they can make the prospect of investing in Coventry a very nice and attractive one, to whichever gullible idiot- I mean, wise business person, shows an interest.
But the company that Tim Fisher is chairman of - Calimere Point - doesn't just deal with investment It also primes companies for a future sale (it also does a lot of other complicated money stuff that bored so much I wanted to cry). Will he be talking to Gary Hoffman I wonder?
As fans, we're never going to know exactly what's going on behind the scenes. The best we can do is hope and pray that whoever is at the helm has the club's best intentions at heart, while at the same time bowing to the inevitable truth that our club is still, for those at the top, a business, a money making machine.
There was good news today, though. I was worried for a time that we'd never again see a senior player sign a contract extension; then lo and behold, today, two of them did. Although James McPake and David Bell have not been key players in recent seasons, it's great to have them on board until 2013 and 2015 respectively.
It's now less than two days to go until the start of the season, and despite what all my senses are telling me about our current plight, our weaker squad, our money woes, I'm finding it hard to fight the excitement.
I can't help it. I get excited when we have a new shirt, even if it's hideous and something I wouldn't be seen dead in. I get excited when I see a printed fixture list. I even get excited when people wonder how many Leicester are going to beat us by.
Our squad may have got worse on paper, but I just have this feeling that with Andy Thorn, things are possible that just might not otherwise be. Strange things. But beautiful things.
I'll leave it at that before I tickle the toes of fate.
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