-DL- wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:18 pm
Not me. If we go down, we'll depreciate heavily, and nobody will be willing to pay the money it would cost to buy us and clear the debt if we are a tier 2 club, even if they did want to sell. But they won't want to sell anyway, because they think they're clever and would get us back up again in quick time.
Personally, I think if we do go down, we'll be down there for a very long time this time, and as the time passes, we'll become a Leeds or a Forest, and to a lesser degree, Sheff Wednesday - once great clubs that have been relegated to almost never return, apart from the brief flirtation with promotion - but to be honest, I don't think we'll even manage that.
Going off topic slightly, but I think relegation this time will be disastrous for us - not just in the short, term, but for the long term. The days of playing the top teams in the land, days out at Tottenham, Chelsea, the odd stuffing of Man Utd on their turf will be long gone - and for the first couple of years, we'll be the scalp - until eventually, we'll be nothing but another also ran club with only an away-day at Millwall to look forward to, and away days at new grounds - but the novelty will soon wear off after a couple of years, especially if Millwall went down and one of our most local derbies would be at Gillingham should they get promoted.
May sound good now to those that say they don't care if we go down, but we'll never see the likes of Payet again, and the only time we'll witness top quality players would be when the big clubs come to visit in cup games, and top flight football will become a distant memory.
I don't mean to be pessimistic and all doom and gloom, but I genuinely believe that relegation now will be the final nail in the coffin and we won't be up again for many years, if ever. Too many once Championship clubs have come up and are doing well. The status quo is yet again changing, as it does in cycles in football. And if we go down, we're going to lose our seat at the table, probably permanently. In a 60k stadium. It would actually be quite laughable, but the reality is - it's incredibly sad.