Martin Lawlor80 wrote:
I don’t think it’s implausible at all and neither do a number of other fans judging by their posts on this thread.
I believe the owners came to OP a short number of months ago and outlined their vision in the YDC. I presume it hasn’t changed. I don’t expect a monthly newsletter like a primary school. I can’t see the glazers, abramovich etc doing so either and yet MT has been very visible and very approachable in OP during the season.
Amid the ridiculous references to primary school newsletters and the Glazers, you may actually be hitting at some interesting stuff here
1. What is the Peak6 vision and has it changed since Jan/Feb 2018?
You say that you presume the vision outlined in the YDC in early Feb of last year hasn't changed, but that is at odds with what has been reportedly said by Mike Treacy and Mal Brannigan in interviews since then. Here is a small selection :
Dundalk owners drop big Oriel Park hint
The Argus 24 July 2018 James Rogers
https://www.pressreader.com/ireland/the ... 3457529116
CEO hints at home improvements
The Argus 18 Sept 2018 James Rogers
https://www.pressreader.com/ireland/the ... 7249343213
CEO wants club performing off the field too
While not giving much away, he did suggest that the attitude of Peak6 owners had changed from the start of the year
The Argus 29 Sept 2018 James Rogers
https://www.independent.ie/regionals/ar ... 49098.html
Dundalk set Champions League group stage target
Irish Independent 6 June 2018 Daniel McDonnell
The American chairman of Dundalk, Mike Treacy, has asserted that his vision for the Louth club involves qualification for the group stages of the Champions League.
But he has assured supporters that there are plans in the pipeline to improve the dated facilities at Oriel Park with Treacy acknowledging that the unpopular section for away supporters is the 'worst in the league.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer ... 81640.html
2. Does the club intend to increase the investment in new players in January to challenge for CL group stages?
The vision to target qualification for the group stages of the Champions League presumably is one that is unaltered, but there has hardly been significant player investment to date
Based on what Vinny Perth said recently, we should only expect two new additions to the current squad
https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/soccer ... -1.3745374
The squad for the coming season is, he says, largely complete although he says he would like to add a couple of players as “it is not as deep as people seem to think it is.”
Martin Lawlor80 wrote:
You have been consistently critical of the club regarding communication. Nobody is saying you are not entitled to your opinion but I do think your immediate focus on communication regarding a press release about the new management will be seen by some as ‘moaning’. To call what MT says as ‘bullshit’ and ‘disingenuous spin’ is churlish and petty.
But that’s only my opinion.
I have been fulsome in my praise for the club board, volunteers and staff on a regular basis, but I also am willing to be critical where I see it as being warranted.
Mike Treacy comments about “Working tirelessly to outline our vision for the future of the club”
can be interpreted in many ways, but it is certainly fair to question the apparent contradiction in it, when you consider the paucity of communication to fans and the mixed messages via the media interviews outlined above.
You may well be right to describe my comments re 'bullshit' and 'disingenuous spin' as churlish, even if that is partly in frustration with posters who cannot even consider any views that conflict with their perception of a club who can do no wrong.
The current vision by the investors for the club is not clear - either in terms of CL ambitions or infrastructure improvements - if MT believes that he has been working tirelessly to outline them it must be to someone other than to supporters