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Today's P & J has the familiar pic with the finger pointing at the reader and the words "Aberdeen wants you" and "Join your club's army".

 

Not that this AFC predicament is a time of war and it's not volunteer cannon fodder that is being sought but a bit of context here.

 

AFC plc has been mismanaged for well over a decade. The concrete proof of the gross mismanagement includes: -

 

1. A debt that now matches, if not exceeds, the value of our only fixed asset

2. Zero current assets in terms of players that are worth anything

3. A balance sheet that offers an un-investable proposition for others

4. Interest payments which the club can ill afford to service

5. Non-productive staff, the majority of the wage-bill, continuing to drain the limited resource

6. A decimated customer base, alienated by successive mismanagement both on and off the pitch

7. A guaranteed annual loss-making machine with no hope of profitability under Milne

 

So now that the average gate has been four figures for just over 12 months now - for the first time since the wars presumably - the AFC PR machine thinks it appropriate to point their finger at us fans? At a time when many in the city and shire have turned their backs on the Milne-backed farce, he seeks to turn it back on us? Like it's our fault?

 

For the record, Mr. Chairman, you continued to get five figure crowds even for the whole first year McGhee made a cunt of it.

 

With the club in obvious decline for a long, long time, you failed to act. You specifically failed to trim the non-productives, thereby starving investment in the one area that matters the most, the area that you yourself described as always being the priority, the product. You built a culture that fails by employing people who fail and you either failed to recruit the right heads in the key positions or you failed to provide the right culture in which capable personnel could perform.

 

At the AGM's 10 years ago, you defiantly resisted all attempts from the fans to get answers to their questions. You then recruited a buffer between you and the fans, another shocking appointment that was always destined to fail. Your contempt for the people of the North East manifested itself in divisive PR emanating from the club at very regular intervals for years, as we all read in the P & J, as Miller admitted at the AGM 2 years ago, as you yourself acknowledged in writing immediately thereafter.

 

And now you turn to us? You want us to finance the recovery? How about you do your fucking job first? How about you give us a sign that you're not the utter cunt that you come across as being? How about you make one decision for the good of AFC for a change? How about you put in your money first? How about you put the record straight? You had your sycophantic Fraser telling us that it was your money that kept us afloat. You had PR suggesting that it was you who financed a player signing or three, you put out rumours that you paid off the failed management teams that you recruited on behalf of AFC.

 

The balance sheet doesn't lie. You took the opportunity to increase the liability that our club owes you personally by increasing the debt. You didn't put money in by way of donation yet you want us to? We already gave you millions in the share issues. You squandered it either deliberately or negligently, for reasons some may speculate about.

 

Don't you fucking dare point the finger at us, cunt. We're the ones pointing our collective fingers at you.

 

 

 

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Today's P & J has the familiar pic with the finger pointing at the reader and the words "Aberdeen wants you" and "Join your club's army".

 

Not that this AFC predicament is a time of war and it's not volunteer cannon fodder that is being sought but a bit of context here.

 

AFC plc has been mismanaged for well over a decade. The concrete proof of the gross mismanagement includes: -

 

1. A debt that now matches, if not exceeds, the value of our only fixed asset

2. Zero current assets in terms of players that are worth anything

3. A balance sheet that offers an un-investable proposition for others

4. Interest payments which the club can ill afford to service

5. Non-productive staff, the majority of the wage-bill, continuing to drain the limited resource

6. A decimated customer base, alienated by successive mismanagement both on and off the pitch

7. A guaranteed annual loss-making machine with no hope of profitability under Milne

 

So now that the average gate has been four figures for just over 12 months now - for the first time since the wars presumably - the AFC PR machine thinks it appropriate to point their finger at us fans? At a time when many in the city and shire have turned their backs on the Milne-backed farce, he seeks to turn it back on us? Like it's our fault?

 

For the record, Mr. Chairman, you continued to get five figure crowds even for the whole first year McGhee made a cunt of it.

 

With the club in obvious decline for a long, long time, you failed to act. You specifically failed to trim the non-productives, thereby starving investment in the one area that matters the most, the area that you yourself described as always being the priority, the product. You built a culture that fails by employing people who fail and you either failed to recruit the right heads in the key positions or you failed to provide the right culture in which capable personnel could perform.

 

At the AGM's 10 years ago, you defiantly resisted all attempts from the fans to get answers to their questions. You then recruited a buffer between you and the fans, another shocking appointment that was always destined to fail. Your contempt for the people of the North East manifested itself in divisive PR emanating from the club at very regular intervals for years, as we all read in the P & J, as Miller admitted at the AGM 2 years ago, as you yourself acknowledged in writing immediately thereafter.

 

And now you turn to us? You want us to finance the recovery? How about you do your fucking job first? How about you give us a sign that you're not the utter cunt that you come across as being? How about you make one decision for the good of AFC for a change? How about you put in your money first? How about you put the record straight? You had your sycophantic Fraser telling us that it was your money that kept us afloat. You had PR suggesting that it was you who financed a player signing or three, you put out rumours that you paid off the failed management teams that you recruited on behalf of AFC.

 

The balance sheet doesn't lie. You took the opportunity to increase the liability that our club owes you personally by increasing the debt. You didn't put money in by way of donation yet you want us to? We already gave you millions in the share issues. You squandered it either deliberately or negligently, for reasons some may speculate about.

 

Don't you fucking dare point the finger at us, cunt. We're the ones pointing our collective fingers at you.

 

Good post.

 

Shame he'll never read it.

 

Even if you staple the fucking thing to his forehead.

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