A true success story
Welcome to my first Baggies blog.
A pretty good time to start doing one I feel, although bad times tend to produce more opinion.
It probably would have been a much darker read under Saunders, Buckley, Gould or Little.
Not now though. Can anyone remember a better time to be a Baggie post 1982?
Currently top team in the Midlands (I don't count Stoke as I am only talking football teams) as the table stands, pretty much safe before the first blossom and the best set of players since Cyrille squeezed himself into undersized shorts.
That in itself is a success story.
However, when you think this has been achieved after posting a 18.5m profit for the year ending June 2011, you realise that this is a fantastic footballing achievement. This is an achievement that surely deserves wider recognition.
But I bet it will go unnoticed by the national press in the main.
However, I am very proud of that fact. There isn't a club in the post SKY era that can boast a set of results like that whilst achieving relative success on the pitch at the top level.
I have moaned and groaned about our Chairman down the years. He can be very frustrating with the impression that he gives that he has to win on every deal.
He has managed to upset a few shareholders along the way with how he has gained control of the club.
However his vision of how a club should be run, with an employed scouting network led by a Director of Football has proved a masterstroke.
It's provided consistency at the club even with upheavals of manager changes. We are more stable now than at any time in my life.
He isn't perfect but I can't think of anyone else I would want at the head of our club right now.
You can keep your shady Asian businessmen, Russian megalomaniac Oligarchs or cowboy hat wearing chancers who have no feel for a British football club.
A posh English bean counter might take some time to get to where he wants to be but we all know the fable about the tortoise and the hare don't we?