Peterborough United chairman Darragh Macanthony delivers his annual pre-season message.
“Every year the Peterborough Telegraph asks me to contribute to their pre-season supplement and each year I jot down my own targets and ambitions for the club in a true, honest fashion and each year I of course get accused of ‘being over ambitious’, ‘putting unnecessary pressure on the team’, ‘building up fans’ expectations,’ ‘being unrealistic’ and so on.
But the harsh truth to this is simple - I didn’t buy a football club to be mediocre or to just be in a league to make up the numbers or to just see how we get on etc.
I bought a football team to:
A. Be successful
B. Enjoy what I am paying for and what I watch every game
C. Aim for the top, as unrealistic as that may seem at times
D. Win every game we play
E. Score a shed load of goals
F. Try and bring in millions through the odd sale so club is self-sustainable.
G. Engage with fans old and new and to keep plugging away to grow our fan base in an ever-expanding city
H. See a return on all the money invested in our training ground and youth set-up
So pardon me for the following aims and targets and for never changing my expectations, vision and dreams for our football club.
I want to see the following things happen this season:
l Promotion .
l Another cup for the trophy cabinet .
l 120 goals from 60 plus games (should cup runs go to plan).
l A proper title challenge .
l Win the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy for the final time.
l Provide the Golden Boot winner.
l Provide the League One player of year award.
l 7k average crowds again.
l An injury free season.
l International recognition for many of our talented younger players.
l Another big seven-figure sale later in the season.
l See the pitch still look good after Christmas .
l Having a quiet twitter year
l Seeing plenty of success for this wonderful management team who deserve nothing but great things to happen for them
l Selling the club to a Russian ‘Bournemouth-type owner’ who will take the club to the promised land within three years and really make 100% of all Posh fans incredibly happy!
l Seeing more redevelopment of the ground in summer of 2016 to make it proper semi-modern, all-seater stadium.
l The youth team having a successful league and cup season.
Not very much to ask for is it?