The Way it Works

By

Anyone familiar with this concept? The company that has a direct …

Comment on The Way it Works by bailemeanach.

Anyone familiar with this concept?

The company that has a direct impact on the footballing side of the operation is the one that holds the ‘golden share’ (ie membership) with the Football League.

bailemeanach Also Commented

The Way it Works
Thanks JC. I’ve fired off a response but I expect the same vague chicanery once again. Still, we need to keep them aware that folk out here are dissatisfied and are asking questions. Maybe it will keep them on their toes and stop them churning out all the same no questions asked statements


The Way it Works
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28368669

link to original piece

“What could have perhaps been made clearer is that the reason Smurthwaite thought the petition would not impact on the football club was because it would be withdrawn, rather than your suggestion that they would be shielded by one of their holding companies”


The Way it Works
FAO John Clark

Evening JC – just had a late night BBC response re the Port Vale piece. It had strayed into my spam folder, so happened upon it by chance. Anyway, make of it what you will:

On Friday, 1 August 2014, 23:22, Steven Marshall wrote:

Hello ,
Your email regarding the Port Vale story you wrote to BBC Radio Stoke about has been passed to me.
The story was based around voice piece scripts supplied by BBC Radio Stoke, who were also running the story on air.
The author was advised about the two-company situation at the club, which is not uncommon these days.
There are various strands of businesses at many clubs, all of which have to adhere to company law.
The company that has a direct impact on the footballing side of the operation is the one that holds the ‘golden share’ (ie membership) with the Football League.
Ideally, we would have liked to have carried quotes with Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite but these were not available.
My understanding is that Radio Stoke had held a conversation over the phone with Smurthwaite which clarified the reason behind the winding-up petition (problem with cash flow over a loan) and the fact that the club were confident that the petition would be withdrawn after the “problem” was rectified.
What could have perhaps been made clearer is that the reason Smurthwaite thought the petition would not impact on the football club was because it would be withdrawn, rather than your suggestion that they would be shielded by one of their holding companies.
If the petition is not withdrawn further down the line then, of course, it would have an impact on the club, with the potential for a further period in administration.
I hope that clears up your query,
Best wishes,
Steve

Steve Marshall
SBJ/Duty Editor BBC Sport England
0121 567 6325 (W)
07803 926038 (M)
@swmarshall1976


Recent Comments by bailemeanach

.. and they wonder why nobody buys papers
Sorry to hilack but this is life or death for a wee one

https://www.gofundme.com/teamerincross?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=CTA_view_campaign&utm_campaign=donation_receiptv5
Please please throw a few pound at this


Look Back to Look Forward
So there’s me just off an 8 minute rant to Sky Sports news feedback line after Jeff Stelling informing me and other mugs who subscribe that “Rangers” are on the cusp of a return to the top tier after “relegation 4 years ago”. Who is setting this disingenuous agenda?
The agent I spoke to was from an overseas contact centre, however seemed to be au fait with this particular issue.
I can only desist from continuing with Sky, but she said it will all be fed back – if they have a CRM system then it will of course be fed back.
I work as a customer insight analyst for a big High Street retailer, and no feedback gets covered up. We report it as it is, and the plenopotentiaries need to understand the customer voice.
So if you are paying to listen to blatent lies, then challenge it directly.


Two wrongs and a right
Re the wifi, seen a few old retweets today from the period following the wifi launch, asking fans in different parts of the ground to give feedback about connectivity and performance via a dedicated wifi email address. Now if the club are now claiming that the service was never installed to the required spec, then I would have thought that this would be reflected in the customer feedback gathered. Likewise it could be confirmed that wifi experience on match day met expectations. I think there would be a DPA requirement to retain customer correspondence for 10 years (I may stand corrected)
The tweets I’ve seen, and I accept its a small sample, anecdotally report no issues with the wifi


Why We Need to Change
Enjoyed the Jim Spence discussions today, he will of course be missed from a balance point of view on BBC, a hard act to replace, should they even aspire to do so.

Wee bit OT but it caused me to revisit the Jum Spence parody Twitter account for the first time in ages. Well worth a look if you need a chuckle, you find yourself doing the accent and its proper laughing out loud stuff


Did Stewart Regan Ken Then Wit We Ken Noo?
Cheers aj, I don’t recall this being normal convention in the English play offs, though appreciate its a different format. I certainly wouldn’t expect to see bookies offering odds as such. Agree it should be listed for what it actually is


About the author