"These are not excuses, they are reasons. During the season, we've had 15 trauma injuries, including four broken legs. I've been on the board for nearly 30 years and I've never seen a season where we've had such a horrendous injury list."
If he thinks injuries are the only reason why the team's been relegated, Gartside's not fit to be Chairman. The whole club needs a revamp, starting at the £300k+ p/a top. 30 years on the board? Time for fresh blood, methinks.
To me it all seems plural, and so I have with the greatest respect ratbert I have to disagree that Garty is using injury as the ONLY reason behind our relegation although you cannot argue with his belief it was a huge factor. Throughout the majority of the season I have believed Gartsides hands are tied in regards to the management but has done the best he can, i.e formulate a plan if the worst becomes the worst and we get relegated. Sure in hindsight some may argue we should have got rid of Coyle in December and taken the compensation on the chin, but what if we'd only gone on to do a Wolves and found a lack of interested parties? The potential losses wouldn't just stop at 30 million...
Last season is now past, sure there's lessons to be learn't but I don't believe we should be too worried about what we cannot My only concern at this moment is balancing the books and it looks like him and Coyle are doing so. Plus the fact no one knows the details about Gartsides contract, and specifically any wage/bonus structure, it again seems a tad to speculate. Over 30 years he's been with us through the bad times and the good and I hope his pay has reflected the health and placing of the club.