NUST: No, We Can't!
Firstly, you must know my stance on the 'Yes We Can' campaign, I thought it was half baked, over ambitious and more trouble than it was worth, we were in a poition where the kind of ownership could have caused the club more problems than we already had, and we had plenty last year.
I am critical of NUST, but only because I believe a trust is there to do the other things, help fan's communicate, even communicate on behalf of the broader support base, but to buy the club? Seemed a little over the top...and so it seem's do NUST, rather than answer any questions I had to ask, they trust have issued a statement to update us on their future, I've picked a few lines from the statement, the rest can be seen on their site (link at bottom of article)
'Back in Sept/Oct 2009 an opportunity presented itself that could potentially offer supporters, together with local businesses and other financiers, the opportunity to purchase NUFC. This opportunity came along much earlier than anticipated and arose at a time when the NUST was in its infancy. However, it would have been foolish not to have pursued this opportunity when it presented itself to the Trust.'
Their opening paragraph now agrees with what most of us at TOTT were saying at the time, poor planning due to lack of time basically made the Trust react to a situation that looking back, was never going to happen, a lot of fuss over nothing maybe?
'However, as time went on it became clear that while the idea was undoubtedly along the right lines, certain parts of the overall structure needed to be re-thought and possibly taken in a different direction in order to ensure that the outcome worked in the interests of NUST`s members and the wider fan base.'
So NUST are admitting that they've gone about it the wrong way, maybe the Trust was blinkered by a situation they found themselves in?
I can't really go on about NUST, I'm not a member and as such I don't have a say in where they move forward, but at least, the Yes We Can campaign has died off and the realisation of that is made in their statement.
However, as a Trust, they are doing the work that I think a Trust should be doing, fundraising for the SBR Foundation has brought in £7,500, the 'Junior Trust', 'Local Achievers' all seem to be great for the club, bringing fan's together is the aim - The Yes We Can campaign only divided us further.
The Trust also got 30k signatures in their petition against re-naming St James' Park, which, you have to credit them for.
So what do I think of NUST now?
Well, they obviously still have a burning passion for ownership of the club via fan's, without a business model, that's as good as lightyears away right now. God loves a tryer but I think this agenda should be put on the back burner.
As far as the other item goes, I think it's time to get behind NUST if you can, forget the lack of info, confusing and sometimes contradicting information about the campaign to buy NUFC, and look at the good things that they are doing on behalf of a lot us fan's.
I will back the Trust in their aim to give the fan's a voice, and also their charity work and work in the community and surrounding areas, they do have some good ideas and we should welcome them.
We are back in the Premier League, the current owner is said to be winning fan's over, until we are financially stable, a comfortbale Premier League club, Mr Ashley will not win me over, NUST however, now seem to be doing the right thing's.
For god's sake though, get rid of that bloody song!
Full NUST Statement here!