NEWS & STAR COLUMN 21.10.21
Keep the faith. It will be all the more enjoyable when the good times come.
That was my message to a dispirited Blues fan as we sank into the relegation places last weekend.
The trouble is we have been waiting a long time for the good times to return.
But maybe, just maybe, there were signs we can turn this season around as we ended a four-game losing streak with a battling 2-2 draw in horrendous conditions at Newport on Tuesday.
The Blues showed the football they are capable of when a superb move led to a goal for Joe Riley inside the first minute. Although we couldn’t hang we deserved at least a point from what was an exciting game – and it was a result most of us would have settled for before the kick-off.
It is not surprising the big talking points among fans, concerned about the club’s future, are ‘succession of ownership’ and the search for a new head coach.
CUOSC, thanks to our place on the club’s Holdings Board, have a say in both matters.
We are continuing the process of trying to find a breakthrough on ‘succession’ but there have been no firm developments.
Recent events on the pitch, although worrying to us and all supporters, are unlikely to accelerate proceedings. We remain committed to finding a solution but we cannot make any guarantees about the outcome. We are not in control of it – or the timescale.
This week the club has been focused on drawing up a short list of names for the head coach role.
When it is finalised they will be seen by an interview panel and a decision made. Understandably, the club say they will not be rushed – they have to get it right.
CUOSC have been very pleased with the response to our questionnaire on the future of the game and the future direction of the club.
Although it was extensive we want to thank everyone who has taken the time and trouble to respond. It will help us produce a new manifesto and will influence our discussions at boardroom level.
You can access the questionnaire until Sunday night by visiting http://cuosc.org.uk/news/the-future-of-football/
On Saturday former boss Keith Curle brings his Oldham team to Brunton Park with the visitors above us in the table thanks only to goal difference.
We will be hosting our regular supporters’ surgery before the game. It’s your chance to call in and talk to some of our directors.
It will be held in the study centre, next to the club shop between 1.30 and 2.30pm. It is also an opportunity to sign up or renew your membership.