The club that we support represents a small town that has seen better days. Since the closure of the mines, it has struggled financially. It is neither big enough nor wealthy enough to generate the funds that are needed to support a football team in the Championship. For those who struggle to appreciate the reality of the Championship, it is the league that separates the haves from the have nots. Consequently, it is the league with the greatest diversity. There are clubs in the Championship with players that have played in the Premier League, and because of the parachute payments, with the funding to continue paying those players. There are clubs with rich owners, who have the funds to acquire and pay Premier League quality players, owners who make Patrick Cryne look like a kid with a begging bowl. There are clubs who average 30,000 crowds, and whose grounds are not in need of structural repairs. All of these things add up. There are clubs in the Championship with far bigger budgets than we have. Last year we were reputed to have a budget that was in the top four in the division. This year, our budget will be in the bottom six. What this means is that if we can stay clear of the bottom six, we have exceeded our expectations. It means that if we continue to have a budget in the bottom six, and our league position is outside the bottom six, we will have exceeded longer term expectations. If you think that you are supporting a club that will ever do anything other than struggle to compete in this league because of financial restrictions imposed by our town and its economic problems, then you are deluding yourselves. If you think that there is a Saudi or Russian billionaire wanting to invest in our football club, then you are deluding yourselves. There are clubs that would be a far better vehicle for their ambitions than a club than represents a small town with economic problems. Because the club cannot rely on the town for finance, Mr Cryne has had to dip into his pocket. He has also had to develop a business plan that gives the club a hope for the future, a hope of being self-sufficient. That plan means that we sign young players, either from our own academy or from lower division clubs, even more desperate for finance than we are. Young players are often willing to accept lower wages than the market indicates, provided they are given a good education and have a good chance of developing their game by playing in the first team, and at a decent level. Both the player and the club benefit from the arrangement. The player hopes that because his talents are in the shop window most weeks that he may be sold to a Premiership team. If that does not happen, he hopes to move on to a better paid job at the end of his contract. The club hope to benefit by having a player with potential playing every week with a potential to sell that player on at a profit. The profit is there to supplement the limited support that the town and it fans can provide. Of course, young players are inconsistent, they make mistakes and they require a lot of patience from staff and fans alike. But given our position, what viable alternative do we have. As we are seeing now, the problem is that fans grow fond of players. They do not want to see those players sold, especially when it means that our team is obviously weaker as a result. In the current example, whether you like it or not, January was the ideal time to sell. The players would have walked away for nothing in July and our league position meant that we were close to being safe for another year, and speaking personally, that was only ever my focus for our first season back in the Championship. I just do not buy the argument that we put the whole lot on RED and hope for the best. That is not how a responsible business is run, and at the end of the day, our rescue from Administration proved that the business has to be run responsibly. The start of next season represents the start of a new business cycle, a new chapter of our business plan. Because of the number of young players that we will be signing, we will have to be patient. The cycle does not end at the end of the season though. It ends when the players that we sign during the summer are sold for profit, move on at the end of their contract, or do not have their contracts renewed by the club. Looking back, our last business cycle began when we signed the players that have been selling this season. Patrick Cryne was required to fund those signings from the capital he introduced into the club, and the donations that he made. The club has moved on, because it will not need any funding from Mr Cryne at the start of the next business cycle because of the astute investments the club made at the start of the last one. There are those who will always feel betrayed when their favourites are sold, but if you remember that the club is more important than any player, is becomes easier to bear.