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    Quote Originally Posted by placid casual View Post
    Read the piece in the indo about dundalk. The owner is crackers,by the sounds of it.
    Where to now for dundalk?
    Nothing in it that wasn't out there already. Was expecting a bit more from McDonnell the way he was building it up.

    Like how Perth was being told what players to play/not to play last year, by someone referenced in the article (not Bill). Or how our COO (a long time employee of the club, now 12 years) apparently tried to jump ship last year to a job in the GAA.

    This has been brewing for a long time, not just over the last month.

    I don't know where we go as a club from here but hopefully we can get a win today. Looking forward to actually watching a game of football, after all the nonsense of the past week.

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    There was always a fear that the setup at Dundalk would turn sour. But the fear was that Peak6 would eventually up sticks and leave us high and dry ala Arkaga. We certainly hoped that it wouldnt end up a similar situation as CCFC simply as P6 were in a different league financially than Arkaga.

    But this is an entirely different sh1t show where the eccentric nature of one individual's interference has done a lot of damage. Whether there is a method to the madness time will tell. It does seem like an american sports franchise owner method being copied by someone who doesnt recognise the different culture in football here. That said certainly in Spain club presidents do often dictate to head coaches and hire and fire in a seemingly irrational manner.

    For all the stories of phones in dugouts, suggestions on who takes corners and all the other madcap stuff, what is a real worry for me is the distancing of real stalwart volunteers like former licencing officer and former club secretary who in particular practically single handedly drove the club on from 2012 issues and in to this most successful period with tireless effort. Losing these really balanced and level headed people + club administrators is a key concern. They obviously feel they cant be associated with things currently - considering that questionable conduct from one of the CEOs made them step back before and this led to the exit of the then CEO and a lot of issues being sorted, its hard to see a similar amicable righting these problems under the chairman. Its a pity as I liked the way this chairman started off in challanging the FAI and was willing to play hardball with them. That's what he seemed to be good at, if only he had left the footballing side delegated to others.

    I dont think things started off anywhere near seeing the club as a conduit for American players to get to Europe, that money could be made selling these players on. But something like this appears to be developing albeit the calibre of players being overestimated. The only hope currently is that the coaching team will turn out to be more effective than their experience would suggest. After that, that there is a plan to appoint a head coach and recruit players purely for a tilt in Europe as a last throw of the dice. It is also a big concern that there doesnt seem to be a move by supporters to start mobilising for a worst case scenario. 200 or so signed up early to Patreon - maybe a totally independent supporters club would have been wiser!
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    Some more insight from Dan McDonnell on the situation at Dundalk. It's not typical LoI fare but it is certainly typical LoI in it's unnecessary complexity and tendency for self damaging an image of a club/league.

    https://twitter.com/McDonnellDan/sta...10398175895552

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    Any bloody wonder he struck up an accord with Hayden. Birds of a feather...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrufil View Post
    Any bloody wonder he struck up an accord with Hayden. Birds of a feather...
    I didnt read this properly. Whos Hayden Scrufil?
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    Athlone Town Chairman/Owner

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCSIL View Post
    Athlone Town Chairman/Owner
    Are you referring to Dundalks owner striking an accord with Athlones owner?
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    According to Dan McDonnell, while the Dundalk chairman isnt everyones cup of tea with other club officials and rattled a few cages during talks on recommencing the league he does seem to have built up a rapport with the Athlone chairman (one of the contentious american players signed by Dundalk going on loan to Athlone) and seemingly there is common ground with Gareth Kelleher also. The implication though is that other club officials got some insight in to how Bill Hulsizer works and may even have anticipated problems emerging at Oriel Park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Strummer View Post
    They must be delusional if they thought they could justify hosting LOI games in the Aviva. What’s the max they would get every week even with neutrals 3 or 4 k.

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    I would doubt that hosting Dundalk games would have been the primary focus. Funds generated by internationals, push to change the ownership model of the Aviva, a leg in the door to get at other FAI assets - they managed to keep very quiet that like every other moneybag people in LoI they had their eyes on land grabs and rezoning. While it its amusing (now that it hasnt happened) with United Park funding New Oriel but pure cheek!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by D24Saint View Post
    They must be delusional if they thought they could justify hosting LOI games in the Aviva. What’s the max they would get every week even with neutrals 3 or 4 k.
    Exactly. It reminds me of the time Limerick were playing out of Thomond. I think they got 3-4 k once. And that's half the capacity of the Aviva.

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    Had to do a double take when I read this piece. Wot was purpose of playing at the Aviva in 1st place and wot would happened to oriel?
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    They could run as many buses and trains that they liked but very few Dundalk fans would have used them as a boycott would probably have happened. Apart from the US franchise ways; while in the US it was a bit of a surprise that I found people thought nothing of driving 100s of Km to places eg various game. Even among Dundalk family in LA they had adapted to the scale of things. It could be a full day thing, setting off in the morning 3-4 hours drive, tailgate drinks and food at the stadium, then the game, then home. It was worth the effort for me as a novelty but not that much that I was willing to do it regularly. Peak6 likely see an hour of travelling as no big deal and would wonder what the fuss was about. Its partly the reason I would have shown little patience myself with say Cork and issues with travelling support but there's a UK dimension in that for me too.

    They would undoubtedly have looked to change the clubs name if they thought it would increase revenue but I dont think it was a plan like moving a franchise. More a 'cheap' provision of a world class stadium, while fixing the moaning about lack of facilities at Oriel. The opportunism is interesting and maybe some of their proposals could have been given more attention. If it didnt create a conflict of interest (pardon the pun) and if true that BoI provided a €28mil loan for collateral of €200mil in assets then the ability of Peak6 to access financial provision on better terms may have been beneficial. Id like to know where the 200mil was calculated on the value of grounds mentioned. With that sort of money money potential the the FAI should sell all, replace them for a lot less money, possibly improving on existing facilities and still have more than €100mil to play with. Off topic I know but its a very strange article for a number of reasons and was posted in this thread.

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    Americans definitely have a different idea of a long drive than we do - what with their wide open spaces, dirt cheap petrol and a culture where the car is king and dominates the design of the country. When I lived in Long Island i was surprised by how people would gladly drive 2-3 hrs to a nightclub!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philosophizer View Post
    Americans definitely have a different idea of a long drive than we do - what with their wide open spaces, dirt cheap petrol and a culture where the car is king and dominates the design of the country. When I lived in Long Island i was surprised by how people would gladly drive 2-3 hrs to a nightclub!
    Found that strange myself , the local pub could over half an hour away in taxi and it seemed normal to them over there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D24Saint View Post
    Found that strange myself , the local pub could over half an hour away in taxi and it seemed normal to them over there.
    and what seemed like a fair fare becomes expensive when the tip is included x 2 trips there and back. In LA there is damn all public transport at all, the roads are all day like the M50 during rush hours untill out of the city. Different way of life that didnt appeal to me at all with 30km work commutes taking about 2 hours each way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Park_Lane View Post
    Dundalk players must be buzzing. All will receive a club branded water bottle, football and a certificate at the end of the weeks training.
    And a game away from Europa League group stage bonuses.

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