Yeah, reading an article on them was what prompted the question, but it’s been something that I’ve often wandered what other people’s take would be if it was their club.
The set-up at St Neots is excellent - we went a couple of years ago in pre-season - however it always baffles me why, so often in these cases, clubs don’t plug the hole in their finances by cutting the playing budget to a level they can sustain and see what happens, but take the easy way out with these voluntary relegations.
Hendon were reprieved from relegation back in 2006 because Canvey Island’s backer went off to Chelmsford with his suitcase of money, they resigned from the conference and were originally put in the Ryman Prem. They then asked to go into Ryman Div 1 which was what reprieved us. My problem with them, and Grays, was that whilst they were all living well beyond their sustainable means they were happy to hand out the tonkings on their way up - as soon as the money dried up it was a case of picking and choosing their level rather than taking the tonkings on their way back down. That doesn’t sit comfortably with me.
I remember conversations at Hendon where those of us on the Trust board were effectively given four options.
- seek a merger with Wembley (where we were groundsharing)
- slash the playing budget and accept that we will probably be relegated one, possibly two levels within a couple of years
- seek voluntary relegation two divisions
I think I, and one other that was sat around the table went for option 2 which really surprised me.