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While we are still very much in the playoff race, lets assume for a moment that we will not be promoted this season.
If we count Rowe and Harriman as defenders, the only midfield and forward players signed for next season are Mcginn and Thomson. So we have something of a blank sheet of paper.
The next part is shamelessly hypothetical. But I suspect it is not far from the current thinking. So go with me if you wish, or simply stop reading and try another thread.
Let us assume an honest conversation was had with you by the chairman and manager at one of these fan council thingy meetings. The honest appraisal gives four options. You get to choose the direction to follow.
1) We can dispense with fan ownership, look for a sugar daddy to up the playing budget so that we can get better players in with whatever costs and risks you associate with this model.
2) We can seek to bring in creative flair players to entertain. But the manager cautions that with the playing budget as it is, the only such players available within the budget tend to be lazy b*ggers, so he believes doing this makes a bottom six finish very likely
3) We carry on broadly as we are again next season
4) The manager cautions that he does not believe that an expansive playing style and a top ten finish are achievable at this budget. If the brief is to do both, he would prefer to leave now and let you bring in another manager now to attempt this (and in his opinion probably fail).
Which of these four options would you select (NOTE the option to carry on with the same manager, play more expansive football and expect to be in the top 10 is not available in this scenario.)