Iron-Bru.com bring you live coverage from the first of Scunthorpe United’s fans forums. We are live at Glanford Park, where chairman Peter Swann and CEO Jim Rodwell are answering the fans questions.
Hi folks – Max here, I’ll be leading the live-blogging from inside the Forum.
To anyone who’s thinking of heading up to GP for the Fans Forum tonight…
The room is starting to fill up nicely ahead of the expected start – especially the queue to the bar.
It’s also worth noting the club have security on downstairs!
Swann and Rodwell already sat at the top table – ready and primed for this evening’s entertainment.
More than 3 hours in case anyone’s wondering…
The club are filming the operation – expect footage / highlights tomorrow…
Swanny starts – trying to crack a few jokes.
First question – What criteria will the club be using when picking the next manager?
Long answer from Swann – focuses on knitting team together and relationship with fans.
Swann says that the next manager may well b someone the club approach.
Rodwell then says the club received applications 3 MINUTES after they sacked MR.
Don’t expect a quick decision re: the management decision.
They add that they hope the current caretaker team give them a “headache”.
Swann admits that he got on well with Robins – and that the act of sacking him was hard.
Swann says he speaks very regularly with the players, and that there were no “issues”.
Graeme Godson is on the loose – thanks The Chairman for sacking Robins.
The repeated promise that attacking football will be part of the new regime is worth taking away.
How did we go from the Chelsea to Blackpool performances with the same side?
We already have people reminiscing about Beagrie.
Luke Thornhill asks how much was raised from the saveoursteel day and if it has been donated yet.
Leanne from Accounts says that the club aren’t sure, and the club have promised to put up the information on the website.
Swann adds that they are talking with Tata / Greybull over using British Steel in the new ground.
Rodwell is hopeful of signing Rowe in the January transfer window – but that we are waiting on Wolves.
Marketing Director Rob Noble says that the decision to prevent the previous Season Ticket Holders is unlikely to be changed.
That’s regarding the ticket exchange system, which is now no longer in place.
Interesting question asking why 12th Man Members could only have 1 ticket per person for Chelsea…
Fans dispute this, and ask why we didn’t ask for more tickets.
Yours truly enquired about the ticket office’s internal systems, noting numerous high-profile system crashes.
John Needham asks if the club would be interested in reciprocal arrangements with clubs regarding £20 entry for away fans.
John Staff asks for a return to the old prize structure for the Half-Time draw tickets.
Staffy then follows up with asking what we’re doing to attract younger fans.
The club are also asking for questions via Twitter – so if you have any, do send them in!
Complaint raised about the ill-treatment of disabled supporters on Away Travel, particularly with being dropped off miles away from the ground.
The club have established a feedback e-mail address, so contact them if you have any issues.
Graeme Godson is back on the rampage – enquiringly about the new kit supplier.
REPEAT – The club shop is being brought in-house at the end of this season.
Martin Ellis the Commercial Director goes into detail regarding all the new kit commercial contracts.
This is expected to include 2 new kit sponsors, and a new kit creator.
10-Minute comfort brake taken by all – the customary rush to the bar and toilets is well under way!
And we’re back for the 2nd half folks…
Rumours round the room that this might last as a Labour Party Shadow Cabinet reshuffle….
Question from Twitter about the stadium funding…
He further promises that the football-orientates operation will be fully built before we move in.
The room asks if there is a Plan B, lest the stadium project fall through…
The Chairman further expands by saying there may be some loans / funding in place re: the new ground.
If we got promoted this season / whilst at Glanford Park (we live in hope!)…
Swann clarifies and says Robins was only on a 12-month rolling contract, even if it was a 3 year “project”.
Rodwell notes the difference between length of contract and severance pay.
Swann aspires for a new model for the stadium.
Swanny promises the club’s food, restaurant et al, will only get better…
Are there enough staff in The Iron Bar on a Saturday?
Rodwell says in the new stadium, the queues in The Iron Bar will be non-existent.
Rodwell asks for suggestions re: new managers, then says there’s been no discussion with Mark Cooper although he doesn’t deny being very good friends with him.
Warnock, Holloway, Cotterill also mentioned.
Swann says we need to move on from Blackpool – easier to say if you haven’t shelled out for the away end…
Swann pledges to look into potentially having a manager and players also present at future fan forums.
Rodwell says the club are open-minded about choosing between experience and youth for a potential manager…
Fans thanked the club for subsidising the coaches to Chelsea.
We’re in no rush to appoint a permanent manager – and expect to sift through CVs in the next 2/3 weeks.
Those are the words of Chairman Swann, in the hope we can immediately turn a corner – starting with beating Colchester on Saturday!
A certain Geordie bloke who stands behind yours truly wonders if the players were hurt by Saturday’s defeat?
If the players play to the best of their ability, then we should beat Colchester.
It’s also noted that we have the 6th / 7th largest budget in the division.
And we’re on to refereeing decisions!
Rodwell sits on both the Football League board, and FA Council.
Swann supports the greater use of Technology.
A genuine motion from the floor. The room near-unanimously votes in favour of supporting goal-line technology!
When asked about the academy – Swann said the quality of players and facilities must improve.
Rodwell waves lyrical about the club’s relationship with St Lawrence’s Academy.
The Swann family spent £20,000 on kits and match-wear etc for Youth Team players this Summer.
The Youth Academy has a (recently increased) Scouting Budget for the 1st time ever.
Winding up to the last couple of questions – Hallelujah.
A call for Women’s Football teams in Scunthorpe comes from the football.
He then asks for someone to get in touch with the club to drive any potential project forward.
The room is still full 2 an a half hours later, pretty impressive.
Representatives from The Supporters Trust offer to meet the club at any time – whilst it’s asked why the adult ladies team is no more.
The club with Dave Syers luck at Rochdale, noting he needed match-time free his recent injury nightmares.
What is the chairman’s target for the rest of the season?
No reason we can’t get on a roll, like when we won 6/7 games in October.
The new roundabout is a key requirement to any development – but the Lincolnshire Lakea development is key to any post-Steelworks development.
I’m having to “borrow’ the club’s electricity, the updates have been draining!
And that we have it, that’s your lot folks.
That should be quickly, of course.