Feedback from the latest meeting held on Wednesday 10/8/16.
At the Fans – Board Communications Committee meeting held last Wednesday the following were discussed;
The Club stated that there were ongoing discussions regarding the sale of the Club. There were still a number of interested parties and negotiations were at an advanced stage. Things had moved on but it was not possible to say too much as the Club was bound by Confidentiality Agreements. It had been hoped to make an announcement before the start of the new season.
The Club explained that the Manager had been working hard within the playing staff budget to bring in new players in for the forthcoming season. There had been a number of signings already and a number of loan players that would be assessed. It was hoped to have additional signings and loan players before the end of the transfer window.
The Club added that there had been changes made to the JPT competition. Whereas previously it could just be a single fixture, the new set up provided the potential for a number of games. It was hoped that the changes would make for an interesting competition that would bring additional revenues into the Club.
The loan system had changed at the start of the 2016-17 season. Clubs are no longer allowed to take players on Emergency Loans, only on Standard Loans. This change was made by FIFA to bring English football in line with the rest of the world. Standard Loans can only be made when a transfer window is open, before the end of August and during January. Loans can last from window to window or for the season. The only exception is for goalkeepers, who can still be taken for 7 days at a time, if you have no other available goalkeepers available for selection.
The Club advised that the rumoured 5 tier League Football League System was an idea that had been floated but that there was nothing going to happen in the foreseeable future.
i) The suggested names for the Globe Arena Bar & Grill and the Club Shop had been narrowed down to the 3 best for each and these would be put to the Board for approval.
ii) The possibility of the return of the ‘on site’ bookmaker was still being investigated.
iii) The Club said that pies would continue to be available from the Club Bar at the end of the game but there were no provisions to have an outside pie seller at the front of the Club.
iv) MFC memorabilia was being gathered with a view to a tasteful display of that memorabilia in the Globe Arena Bar & Grill.
v) The Club advised that there would be some form of promotion for the early TV game once the first 2 home fixtures had taken place.
vi) The Club explained that there had been changes within the Club Academy, now under the supervision of Stewart Drummond. The Development Centre was now under the management of the MFC Academy. The Club were looking at the feasibility of moving from the current Level 4 status up to Level 3. If this could be achieved it would improve the standard of the Academy and improve the financial viability of the Academy.
vii) The possibility of transport from Overton was still being considered.