At just after midnight GMT on Sunday morning, the club announced it had been given 2 weeks to avoid closure due to bankruptcy. 10 players have been immediately listed for sale, and four key staff have been fired and replaced. Today, after The Flaming Wodkas FC absolutely destroyed the stand-out team in their division, league leaders Barca & United, by seven goals to one, we look at the impact that this chase for cash will have on the club and fans as a whole.
THE IMMEDIATE IMPACT
Key players are up for sale. The Wodkas squad looks like it is unbeatable now in its division, but a poor start means it has no chance of catching the team that it today humiliated in front of The Noblemen. These players are being listed in a desperate attempt to generate revenue in order to prevent the closure of the club. In the short term, the forwards being trained as a future Wodkas strikeforce will remain, but the rest of the team will be made up of less-than-adequate youth-team promotees.
THE LONG TERM EFFECT
As mentioned, the forwards are still being focused on (should the team avoid closure) and should continue to become a lethal strikeforce. The downside is that the quality of the coaching has been reduced. Three 5-star coaches have been replaced by three 4-star coaches. This will have a long-term impact on training efficiency. Add to this the impact that a now guaranteed long run of defeats will have to team morale and confidence.
The top players in the club will hopefully be sold and bring in the revenue to pay off the club’s debts. However, this means there will no longer be any top players in the club available should the debt situation return – aside from the trainees being coached in the art of goal-scoring. It is highly unlikely that the club would want to sell off their investment in the future Wodkas strikeforce, and so it is imperative that the finances of the club are steadied as quickly as possible. Other options include a further reduction in the quality of the coaching staff and a reduction in the number of youth scouts.
Without the fans, football is hollow. A famous statement by former Wodkas legend Can Le, however we would add that without fans football is penny-less. A spokesperson at the club is crucial should the fan-base continue to grow, thus filling the 50,000 seater arena and bringing in much needed revenue. Should results have an adverse effect on the fanbase, then we would begin to worry for the future of the club once more.
THE REPUTATION OF THE CLUB
This isn’t the first time that The Wodkas have put a mass group of players up for sale; some would say this situation has become the ‘norm’. On the other hand, this situation is unique because it has been ‘forced’ upon the club. Many insiders have revealed that there is a real sadness to these events because every single player that has now been transfer-listed had been earmarked for a long-term future at the club, and eventual retirement into the Hall of Fame. So is the reputation of the club damaged as it has been in the past?
Despite being perennial under-achievers, The Wodkas somehow maintain their iconic status as one of the key players of the HTUM Federation and its various tournaments. Sometimes getting smashed by the big boys, but always presenting an enticing tie in whatever event is taking place. Part of this are the personalities involved with the club, the cockiness of the ‘little club’ mentality, and some of it is the respect and historical significance that the club holds from its counterparts.
Nobody in the Federation wants to see The Flaming Wodkas fold as a club. It happened once, a situation forced on the management, but it surely won’t be allowed to happen again?
In less than three days we will know which players have managed to move on to new clubs and bring in much needed revenue. If none, then the club is in a dire situation indeed. We will be monitoring the whole situation as it unfolds, right here on a very subdued Wodka-fuelled blog. We welcome comments from visitors to our site. How do you feel about the threat being faced by FWFC? Let us know.