By Chris Lawton
Here is a rough transcript/summary of the fans forum as I noted down via the internet. Missed some bits and don't have all the questions. Repeated as the questions were asked.
--> Means question
 = my own additional comment
Summary of Fans Forum
--> Investment on pitch
Manager makes decisons on who comes and who goes
Believes in energy and enthusiasm and people who can play
Experience is important
Wants a side with pace
Would cost around £4 million a player to bring in the best
Wants plays who are able to learn and grow
Too many senior players when he arrived
Will spend, but only on right player
There is money for new players
Didn't believe 16th and 18th good enough and therefore those players no good
Useful system for clubs like WFC, need to give youth a chance though and earlier on.
Loans with a view to purchase better than striaght loan and return.
Close to getting Eagles back
Re: Parkin - Swindon made life difficult
Aim is still to stabilise the club
In his 1st year lost 10 million
2nd year 4 million
Last year still lost money (would not say how much)
Have raised around £20 million to sort the club out
If club survives he has done his job
Doesn't want to repeat the mistakes of the Vialli era
Will not bring in players that we cannot afford however desirable they are
Playing budget is £3.25 million for wages and transfers, up to AB how he spends it
Rounghly 50% of HH sale will be added to that --> £4 million
BG sale goes to Aidy
If a big bid comes in it is up to Aidy to decide whether to sell, not the board
Happy with squad, but will spend if he has to
Decision not financial
There are better players at WFC and out there (his opinion)
Wants palyers who are winners
Can't reveal BG fee due to Reading not wanting amount disclosed
--> Centre Midfield - Is it good enough, can youngsters hack it?
GM and BG very similar and in Aidy's view GM the better player
Wants a dynamic partner in the centre
Wants a blend of safe and risk
Over reliance on HH for goals, goals must come from everywhere
Believes in the young players
Bangoura will play around 20 matches this season
Blizzard around 40
Hopes to still bring in some more players
--> Enough goals in squad considering HH, DW and BD left?
Yes. Marlon King is good. At 26 = senior pro
AY - has to deliver this year
AM - exciting player with target of 10 goals
Junior - will score goals
New player (in pipleine?) - offers something else
-->Were HH and DW sold on the cheap?
Didn't want HH to go
Thinks it is a fair price
BId with Fulham started at 0.75 and club were told no more than 1 million
Worked hard to get 1.3 million
re DW - had no choice as explained in email
There is a sell on % with both DW and HH
--> Cullip back?
Right player at that time, but not nec. good value for money
--> What about Goalkeepers?
RL is very good and attracting unofficial interest
AC is good and will, if he wants, progress into a coaching role
--> Gibbs - why sacked, contracts settled?
I made the call
Why? Different views on how to play the game
Didn't feel they were on the same wavelength
Liked NG and thought he could work it out
Ironically GT said at a management course you need people 100% with you
Difficult decision and he stands by it
NG has been very well looked after financially in accordance with his long service
Not happy with the call, but trusted his manager as 'cos that is basically how things are run
RL - have verbal agreement. With the legal people (who are on holiday)
--> Was AB appointed because cheap option
Graham Simpson [Clearly angered]
NO! And neither was RL before him
Believes RL had gone as far as he could
Did an excellent job in what he did, but ultimately would not have taken us into the Premiership
--> Why no tribute to Nigel?
Ops issue. Football club run as business
Club enters a finanical negotiation and cannot say anything one way or the other for that reason until matters are settled.
Very disappointed at nature of statement. Advised that he could say nothing more
Hopes he can do something in the future for: "Great servant for club. Admires him as a player, a coach and a man"
Admits timing and mistakes made re statement and players. Could of been done better
--> Players paid off?
Graham Simpson [Again angry]
Can't discuss details
Rumours of 1 million wildly inaccurate
% of players wages used as settlement, but ultimately a small amount
Have to consider savings by not having the players
Some players left of their own choice
--> Why Bruce Dyer replaced by Junior
BD honest and genuine, but not on an upward curve
Junior is more creative and is on the up
--> Floating Voters
You have a right
Judge me in time
--> Net defecit of players - how many didn't want to play for club?
Wants people who play 100% all time
Confident that AB has talked to all new players and they will be up for the Horns
Graham Simpson [Some anger, some understanding]
I am my own man. Will do what I believe is correct. Not dictated to by others
Ultimately buck stops with me
Russos are nice guys
£7.8 million raised to buy back Vic
Russos backed it largely because of GS
Loaned the money (unsecured) and want it back, but no in the short term and not with interest
Russos are not executives
Russos attend board meetings once a month as does AB as did RL before him
Need to make money out of the ground
Given a stict brief to make club profitable 365 days a year, not 23
Can't borrow from bank for players, only ground etc. so ground has to make money for manager
--> When is BIG news????
There will be no relocation away from the Vic
Frustrated that he can't reveal details to fans etc. although inner sanctum of Trust are aware of plans
Have design set for whole stadium, not just East Stand
Rebuilding one stand is not viable from a long term business point of view
Design will generate money
Very unique funding process
Can't reveal details until all is in place
Working with local council/government etc.
Redevelopment behind West Stand (Shrodells Hospital site) is part of plan
Hopes to announce soon
Hopes to have builders on site during this season and will develop 3 side of the ground
--> What are MA qualifications
Football in community officer at WBA
WBA, by the way, has good practice
When he left WBA he was Director of Community scheme generating £3 million a year
Used as a trouble shooter by the board
Had 3 offers - Prem club, another London club, & WFC. Came to WFC because of GS
[IMO he is a good leader who recruits people to deliver for him]
BASICS OF GROUND REDESIGN
Rous stand will become the Main Stand and house everything
Rest of ground effectively bums on seats
WFC has one of the lowest spends per head on match day i.e. club offers few extras
Exec boxes will be redeveloped
Lower level of Rous -> 400 seat banquetting suite
Better use on concourse under Rous
350 seater Sports Bar
Changes to Rookery to make it more inviting
East stand = bums on seats
Corners to be filled in
Capacity 21-22 000, with potential to add upper tier to Rous stand
Total cost less than original rebuilding of East Stand
Possibility of returning Vic Road to Hornets
Allotment and Hospital site - key part, but can't comment
--> Relations with WO
Not as good as it could be
Both sides need to air views and listen
Respects the freedom of the press as long as club have right to reply
lack of public information from club has not helped
Club unhappy over EJ ticket fiasco and reaction in press
GS backed his staff and protected them from the criticism
Club tried to save money by doing it in house, should really of used outside agency
WO didn't give club right to reply when it ran its front page article
GS wanted apology, not sure he got it, but ultimately moved on
OP quote re RL and HH must be sold. Not true
Too much spin from WO
Club is trying to be positive
Repsects OP and often spent time with him
Disappointed OP attacks AB without ever having met him
AB writes his own emails
-->What about the sale of HH?
He demanded more than the club could afford, when Fulham came in club had no option but to let hime talk.
--> Is Aidy happy with squad?
Talented players, some not quite ready yet
Still has targets and hopes to have them before start of season
Transfers are a nightmare experience for him
He will be happy with the squad when in the Premiership
Wants to win and win big
Will play attacking and expansive game
Player don't always come for money
Wants to get loans in and signings now!
Looking at 3 options
--> Situation concerning Elton's statement at concert?
EJ's statement at concert a bit of a shock
Respects his decision
Money from EJ has to go to ground, as that is what was agreed before and on tickets etc.
Not spoken to Elton since
EJ very much onboard
1st meeting at concert & EJ clearly loves WFC
EJ a terrific person
Wants to know what is going on and is clearly a fan
--> Left back has long been a problem. What's the solution?
Sietes and Stewart are the options.
[my guess these two in some form will be our left side pairing]
--> Status of Alec Chamberlain?
Alec is both player and goalkeeping coach
AB would like him to stay on
--> Same re:Paul Devlin?
Is in long term plans
Been out for 6 months
Played for 90 minutes tonight [against Dulwich]
Needs to get fit
--> Long Term Plans?
I am in it for the long haul
Wants to take WFC into the Premiership and Europe
--> Database problems
Wants to have a smart card system so club can offer better services by monitoring what we all do
Database has to be looked at and improved
WFC has to become more supporter friendly
JUNIOR HORNETS is coming back. [seemed sad that it had stopped]
--> Jimmy Russo Statement
Strongly believe in GS and was because of him that they invested
Support all management
It has been difficult to make changes
Want WFC to be a success
Recent decisions have not been made lightly
Will invest as and when able
In it for the long haul and want to build a solid foundation for the future
-->Which players are the motivators now?
GM leads by example
AC if he says do it it gets done
--> Luton Fixture
Clubs have already met and it is being looked into
Probably reduced visiting fans for both matches
--> What is success and failure in 5 years?
Success= in premiershipm, sustainable, ground developed, quality youth academy, self sufficient
Faliure = NOT self sufficient. Promise not going to fail. Losing money not good
Success = Premiership & challenging
Failure = if AB not here and club not moved on. Wants some time to achieve
A premier business, stadium amd team
--> Closing Remarks
Fans forums - 5 in next 5 weeks all over the place and not on radio
Meetings at e.g. Hemel with e.g. the Russos