I may be wrong – I may be right…

Wealdstone v Southend United – Vanarama National League – Grosvenor Vale – Tuesday (7:45pm) – Preview

“Blimey, Jeevesie, you’re a bit early!”

But while my preview of the Blues Vanarma National League clash with struggling Wealdstone is somewhat premature, the statement issued by the consortium is anything but.

Don’t get me wrong, I fully appreciate that a takeover – should it ever be completed – is totally necessary. But having called for clarity on their part, something constantly absent throughout the Martin era, one is entitled to ask why it has taken so long for the collective to come clean about the latest harrowing situation the football club finds itself in.

With an increasing number of supporters raising concerns over the timescale of the takeover, it emerged that yet another creditor – ironically, the law firm used by the Chairman (after all, he is – at this stage – still the Chairman) to rebuff previous petitions against the club.

Am I surprised? No, not at all! Very little can, or will surprise me where Southend United Football Club is concerned.

Of course, along with the consortium’s statement, came a brief response – for what it’s worth – from Mr Martin, as well as concerns raised by the Shrimpers Trust and Protest Group. 

It’s important to remember that the council are absolutely right to leave no stone unturned in overseeing their due diligence, however, the consent of Mr Martin’s finance partner, is perhaps less so.

But ‘time is money’ – Why should any company continue to wait for payment, potentially putting their livelihoods at risk, because of another’s negligence? 

We are aware that the consortium, collectively, has already invested three million pounds in a football club they don’t yet own. Indeed, similarly to the latest creditor, why should they shell out on another historical debt, brought about, yes, you’ve guessed it, through the gross negligence of the business by the Martin regime?  

Calling for patience suggests that the consortium won’t turn their backs on the football club, especially having already pumped a significant amount the Blues way, completely in good faith.

But let’s be honest, a person’s patience and goodwill can only stretch so far. If you and I are exhausted by all this, imagine what they are thinking. Owning a lover/non-league football club is something of a vanity project anyway. At what point do they, supporters or otherwise, say enough is enough? And let’s be honest, who would blame them?

Whether we will see a return of fan protests at Martin Towers or a boycott of home matches remains to be seen. Indeed, one wonders who has been picking up the revenue generated from the sizable Roots Hall gates of late. I’m asking the question. As supporters, you deserve to know what direction your hard-earned cash is going.

At the moment, supporters feel deflated, let down, disappointed, and anxious, take your pick. Transparency is key to maintaining their restored, but fragile trust. That can only be achieved by all those involved and that remains my concern.

As for next Tuesday at Wealdstone. It is something of a dead rubber for a Blues side looking to extend their unbeaten sequence to fourteen matches. 

But while the Blues management team and several of the squad continue to impress, other clubs will assess the situation and swoop overhead, keen to offer a stress-free option for those ready to work free from the shackles. 

Some might say, “Jeevesie, I think you might be exaggerating the seriousness of the situation there.” Well, you might be right. But recent history suggests we should believe the unbelievable and be cautious of anything other than the absolute truth. Whatever that might turn out to be…

Jeevesie’s prediction: Wealdstone 1-1 Southend United 

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Brian Jeeves

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