This week has been one of those classic weeks where the best laid plans to do some thinking and strategic work are shuffled to the side as urgent deadlines pop up.
We’re looking to recruit in this window so this week has involved a lot of conversations, discussions, networks. Sometimes things move quickly, sometimes it seems to take way too long, which was part of the Board meeting discussion on Monday evening. Hopefully some news to announce pretty soon.
Two things on my mind this week —rules and rules.
Last month in a single incident, a small number of players broke COVID rules. We disciplined the players involved immediately (although the wrath of some of their teammates would likely have been enough).
In comparison to the international breaks we’ve seen players from other clubs take, the rules they broke (involving households mixing in an indoor space) pale into comparison. I cannot tell you how frustrating it has been as the club’s COVID Officer to hear that other clubs haven’t enforced the rules as strongly as we have, not just…
The week that went from 0 to 100, from lockdown to hundreds of fans being allowed back in.
This weekend — international break — I was meant to be hanging our with friends in Margate. Instead…
Drumroll — I spent a lot of time working with Directors and colleagues on plans to have fans back in next week! Certainly wasn’t expecting this to happen so quickly but we’re in a really good place having done 1.5 pilots already (one full pilot, and all the lead up for a second before fans were banned from elite sport events, three days in…
Lockdown #2 comes into force, meaning all our junior teams and our men’s teams have their last games and training for a month — whilst the women’s first team face 3 games in 8 days with no change to schedule, as an “elite” team. Written en route to Leicester City for the 7th Championship game of the season. We are level on points, alongside Liverpool who we drew against 2–2 last week.
It’s been one of those whackamole weeks with lots of urgent things popping up needing addressing, but I’m trying still to make sure there’s time for future planning, otherwise you can get bogged down in just being reactive.
The international break means no game this weekend, so a bit more time for thinking and less about game logistics! We have two players away for the week with England U19s and the Cyprus international team.