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Dear Fellow Wanderer:
As a season ticket holder, your support means the world to your club, the players, staff, Missy and me. Because you are so intrinsically involved in our success, I think this is a good time for me to bring you up to date on my observations and a series of conversations I have had within the organization over the past 10 days.
First, I fully expect that we will be playing in the Championship next year. With 19 games to go, there are plenty of opportunities for us to make up the necessary points.
I have to admit the past couple of weeks have not been as much fun as we anticipated. As a result, we did not gain on our competitors who are likewise seeking to avoid relegation.
Every team faces issues including injuries and disputed referee calls. Off the pitch, several are involved in internal turmoil involving changes in ownership and management. And all of us must deal with the vagaries of this most unique season caused by the Covid pandemic. The good news is we are really not much further behind. And we have the know how and experience to achieve the unexpected.
I met this morning with Gareth, Dobbo and Pete. Over the past month, I came to the
realization that I have failed the Club and them in not forcefully articulating my expectations for this season. That is no longer the case. When we were buying the controlling interest in the Club, I recall being asked at a forum what my expectation was. I said then that I expected to play at least at the Championship level. I was surprised when a number of fans reacted as though that was unreasonable. I told Missy I did not understand not having high expectations. We bought the club to be at least in the Championship.
I absolutely believe we are going to remain in the Championship. When I met with Gareth, Dobbo and Pete, I told them several things. First, every decision on players must be made to fulfill that expectation. I have no interest in hearing about how great it is for Wycombe to be playing in the Championship. We are here because we deserve it. Maybe it’s easier for me. I am not consumed with the history or status of other clubs. But I know we are not mere visitors. The time for sightseeing is over.
We have had some bad calls and unfortunate injuries. However, we will not use either as an excuse. In fact, we will offer no excuses. Our players will continue to play hard and through the whistle. We will win.
I also told Gareth and Dobbo that they have more job security than any other managers in professional football. Our management team of Gareth, Dobbo, Pete, Andrew Howard and I will be here long into the future. Our players who perform at the level expected of a Championship league player will have successful careers. I want everyone on the squad to stay but performance and results matter. No excuses.
I have asked our media department to refrain from any more stories about Wycombe “firsts" that discuss the wonder of our being in our division. As the old expression goes, when you achieve success, act like you have been there before. From now on everything will be concentrated on the club’s efforts on this remarkable journey we will take together to avoid relegation.
We have 19 games left. We have to cover a bit of ground. It will be done. Hang on and believe. It’s going to be fun!
Proud to say: Yeah, I’m a Wanderer.