The fan-owned club has been away from its home base since its formation in 2002. During the course of the years, there have been offers from the prospective individuals who indicated their intention of taking over the club. The fan trust (the first and current owner of the club) has been rejecting such offers. The club’s rise from the bottom (namely ninth) tier to third tier of the football ladder has made it difficult to sustain its financial status (balance the book) with the increase of the expenses. The club has no rich benefactor and has to rely on the generated revenues to balance the book. There are several instances in which the club had to sell its players to balance its book. The rich club took advantage of the loopholes in the academy players transfer market and prise them away with the small compensation (supported by the football authority). I have seen a few example of such academy graduates leaving the club before they have the potential to become established first team players. They are as follows:
There is likely to have another potential departure of another academy player:
The above example are the reality of the footballing world in which the rich clubs swoops for the academy graduates at the first time of instance for the bargain transfer fee (an disadvantage for the small club).
There is no point for the fan-owned club to make the formal complaint for such disadvantage given the Authority likely to rule in favour of the big clubs. In addition, the fan-owned club will end up making the compensation for the potential legal costs resulted from the complaint. It will be more prudent for the club to use the compensation fee and channel the fund back into the academy which will produce more academy players for the first team.
The most important thing is that the first team manager must be willing and “daring” to use such academy graduates into the first team. I believe that there will be a few academy players who will slip from the radars of the big club and get into the first team. Such players will have signed the permanent contracts with the fan-owned club and command a significant sum of transfer fees. The fan-owned club will have the bargaining power over the transfer fee and will not accept the tabulated transfers if the amount is not satisfactory.