March 02, 2018

Economies of Scale

Economies of Scale


Craig Harrison relieved of his duties. I have got to say I did not see that one coming, purely based on the premise that the the club could not afford to sack him or afford a replacement.

The decision to part company with Harrison is the correct one and in normal circumstances with any other club let alone Pools he would have lost his job months ago. It has probably dawned on Pam Duxbury/Sage that in order to cut their own losses and make the club an attractive proposition to any potential buyer that their first and foremost priority is to avoid relegation at all costs, and with at least an eleven point buffer should the club fall into administration and suffer a points deduction. They rightly thought that Craig Harrison was not the man for that particular task.

At  the beginning of the season the club were flashing the cash like it was going out of fashion, on the likes of goalkeeping coaches and other unnecessary backroom staff, as well as investing in a new corporate image resulting in expensive new signage being installed on the front of the ground bearing the club's new logo.

It is amazing how in such a short time things change. From being in 'Viv Nicholson' mode (she was the 1960's Football Pools winner, of "Spend, Spend, Spend" fame), the club now finds itself in a "Sell, Sell, Sell" situation.
"British Leyland are now long defunct and if Pools don't get their act together soon they could go down the same route"

The first thing the club should address, and it would cost nothing at all, is to change the new logo which should represent the current state the club finds itself in, and as such, it should be turned upside down so it shows the Stag on its back with its four legs up in the air.

Like with any other employer, staff are one of the biggest overheads, but, as well as being an asset, they can also drag a company down if they do not perform. In many ways Pools remind me of the British Leyland car company of the 1970s. Dreadful outdated management, an overstaffed, overpaid, lazy shopfloor* who did not produce the goods. Sounds familiar?

British Leyland are now long-defunct and if Pools don't get their act together soon they could go down the same route and be consigned to history. Since January, the club have lost around a dozen players/backroom staff which must have made a considerable hole in the wage bill and perhaps given the club a little breathing space.

Burger vans now operate within the ground, having replaced refreshment kiosks (and their staff?),  and no doubt they are paying a few hundred pounds per match for the privilege. Old Pools football strips and memorabilia are being auctioned off on Ebay for very little.

I also note that the half-time lottery winnings have been reduced from £500 to £400 and the tickets themselves are now printed in black and white with the absence of any colour on them. A small saving some might say but a saving none the less which could keep the club keep trading, which makes one wonder why it wasn't run like this in the first place. All these economies might have gone to waste if Craig Harrison had still been in charge, and may even still do so unless the right man, preferably from an external source, and one who know this league, is appointed quickly.

After the abysmal performance at Halifax it was no surprise to see a drop in the crowd attendance of around 150 for the following home match against Ebbsfleet. It is bad enough losing season ticket holders, who have already paid up front, but if this total includes fans who normally turn up and pay on the gate it is a substantial loss for a club of Pools' size. According to the Mail, the club and HUST are due to have a meeting to look at 'maximising takings at their next home games'. Here's hoping that they come up with something, but a winning team would go a long way to helping the cause.

* HUFC office staff excluded.