by The Boy Holty
(August 19, 2014)
The signing of Danny Rose on a three year deal was yet another step towards Bury having the strongest squad in league two and possibly even better than the Bury squads of the late 1990s that lead us into the old first division.
The chairman and board keep re-iterating that the financial side of the club is being responsibly managed despite the fact that in little over 12 months we have gone from being hours from extinction to splashing the cash on new recruits, and good ones too.
Clearly the bulk of this money has come from the JD Sports deal, and while this is better than it coming from a single benefactor and all the uncertainty that brings, it worries me that if JD Sports decide not to renew the agreement (which they will do at some point), where will that leave the club?
I noticed at the Cheltenham match that the pitch-side advertising was looking a little sparse. This is because most of the companies advertising in that manner were doing it on freebies as favours for favours, but the new management have quite rightly scrapped all that. Anyone who now advertises at pitch-side will be paying down the nose for the privilege and rightly so.
Stewart Day is a bright young man, and while some may see the fact that he wasn't a 'Bury fan' when he came here as a negative, I'm thinking that its a bonus, because all his decisions are from the head, and a sharp business head at that. So I guess I'm saying that I have faith, even though I do think that there's a huge amount weighing on JD Sports and the longevity of that deal.
Having said that, we all thought that b****n and Reebok went hand in hand, but when that deal ended they brokered a deal with Macron (whoever they are), so if JD decide to walk, someone else will probably be found to step into their shoes.
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