Watford's new East Stand work starts but first section will not open next month

Watford Observer: The East Stand work is underway: Holly Cant The East Stand work is underway: Holly Cant

It has been a long time coming – several years in fact – but the new East Stand started to be erected this week.

Poor weather and other delays mean the club will no longer be opening the first section next month as hoped but they are still confident it will be partially open this season, with full completion in the summer.

The club had initially suggested the first part of the structure would be open early this year and then the whole stand in Spring.

In December, chief executive Scott Duxbury said the first part of the new structure wouldn’t be open until March, with the remaining section fully operational in June or July.

But bad weather meant the foundations weren’t completed until last week and Monday saw the steel framework starting to be installed.

The East Stand is expected to cost more than £3m and does have a semi-temporary design which will make it easier to extend if required, with planning permission already in place for a 5,000-seater development.

The stand will initially house around 2,600, taking the total capacity of Vicarage Road to more than 20,000 if restricted view seats are included.

Watford decided to prioritise building the East Stand over the South-West Corner development and handed project management to Centreplate, who last year merged with the catering company used by the Hornets, The Lindley Group.

The club confirmed they have been informed by Centerplate that the South-West Corner is now at the tender process stage.

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9:33am Fri 28 Feb 14

SuperHorns says...

Well at least there is something going in now. Understandable delays with this weather we've had.
Well at least there is something going in now. Understandable delays with this weather we've had. SuperHorns

9:35am Fri 28 Feb 14

TaylorMadeArmy says...

The erection of that section is perfection.
The erection of that section is perfection. TaylorMadeArmy

9:57am Fri 28 Feb 14

endean2 says...

I may be wrong but I thought that the SW corner tenders had been undertaken
a while ago, will the building be ready for the start of next season?
I may be wrong but I thought that the SW corner tenders had been undertaken a while ago, will the building be ready for the start of next season? endean2

10:05am Fri 28 Feb 14

MainStandShambles says...

Hurray, great news indeed.

A four-sided ground next season will help the atmosphere inside the ground immensely.

After all these years i may actually have to change my moniker !!
Hurray, great news indeed. A four-sided ground next season will help the atmosphere inside the ground immensely. After all these years i may actually have to change my moniker !! MainStandShambles

10:11am Fri 28 Feb 14

micksolly says...

Great stuff and to be honest if I had a choice I would have preferred the stand to promotion this season. Never thought it was going to happen well done to our owners makes the dark days under Baz a dark and distant memory you orns.
Great stuff and to be honest if I had a choice I would have preferred the stand to promotion this season. Never thought it was going to happen well done to our owners makes the dark days under Baz a dark and distant memory you orns. micksolly

10:51am Fri 28 Feb 14

jsjf1979 says...

Great that it is finally happening but anyone who witnessed both Yeovil and Bolton and in fact Brighton Middlesbrough and Birmingham, where we were turgid to watch at best, will probably agree that sannino brand of football isn't going to fill a three sided ground let alone four. Very frustrating watching us sit so deep at the moment - we have enough talent to dominate possession yet we are so negative at the moment. Anyone can defend with 11 men behind the ball but if sannino stays we need to be more expansive and entertaining.
Great that it is finally happening but anyone who witnessed both Yeovil and Bolton and in fact Brighton Middlesbrough and Birmingham, where we were turgid to watch at best, will probably agree that sannino brand of football isn't going to fill a three sided ground let alone four. Very frustrating watching us sit so deep at the moment - we have enough talent to dominate possession yet we are so negative at the moment. Anyone can defend with 11 men behind the ball but if sannino stays we need to be more expansive and entertaining. jsjf1979

11:17am Fri 28 Feb 14

bristol hornet says...

jsjf1979 wrote:
Great that it is finally happening but anyone who witnessed both Yeovil and Bolton and in fact Brighton Middlesbrough and Birmingham, where we were turgid to watch at best, will probably agree that sannino brand of football isn't going to fill a three sided ground let alone four. Very frustrating watching us sit so deep at the moment - we have enough talent to dominate possession yet we are so negative at the moment. Anyone can defend with 11 men behind the ball but if sannino stays we need to be more expansive and entertaining.
Could not agree with you more about the last five games, and the turgid stuff on offer.

Season tickets will fall for next season, I am sure of that, and although it will be great have the new east stand and a proper ground again, I fear there will be many more empty seats on display if Beppe is retained.
[quote][p][bold]jsjf1979[/bold] wrote: Great that it is finally happening but anyone who witnessed both Yeovil and Bolton and in fact Brighton Middlesbrough and Birmingham, where we were turgid to watch at best, will probably agree that sannino brand of football isn't going to fill a three sided ground let alone four. Very frustrating watching us sit so deep at the moment - we have enough talent to dominate possession yet we are so negative at the moment. Anyone can defend with 11 men behind the ball but if sannino stays we need to be more expansive and entertaining.[/p][/quote]Could not agree with you more about the last five games, and the turgid stuff on offer. Season tickets will fall for next season, I am sure of that, and although it will be great have the new east stand and a proper ground again, I fear there will be many more empty seats on display if Beppe is retained. bristol hornet

11:22am Fri 28 Feb 14

Only 2 Ross Jenkins says...

jsjf1979 wrote:
Great that it is finally happening but anyone who witnessed both Yeovil and Bolton and in fact Brighton Middlesbrough and Birmingham, where we were turgid to watch at best, will probably agree that sannino brand of football isn't going to fill a three sided ground let alone four. Very frustrating watching us sit so deep at the moment - we have enough talent to dominate possession yet we are so negative at the moment. Anyone can defend with 11 men behind the ball but if sannino stays we need to be more expansive and entertaining.
The attendances will speak for themselves at the end of the day and the owners will act accordingly. Thanks to the Pozzo's for finally ending the East Stand nightmare!
[quote][p][bold]jsjf1979[/bold] wrote: Great that it is finally happening but anyone who witnessed both Yeovil and Bolton and in fact Brighton Middlesbrough and Birmingham, where we were turgid to watch at best, will probably agree that sannino brand of football isn't going to fill a three sided ground let alone four. Very frustrating watching us sit so deep at the moment - we have enough talent to dominate possession yet we are so negative at the moment. Anyone can defend with 11 men behind the ball but if sannino stays we need to be more expansive and entertaining.[/p][/quote]The attendances will speak for themselves at the end of the day and the owners will act accordingly. Thanks to the Pozzo's for finally ending the East Stand nightmare! Only 2 Ross Jenkins

11:44am Fri 28 Feb 14

francowatford says...

TaylorMadeArmy wrote:
The erection of that section is perfection.
as it stands it's a semi erection
[quote][p][bold]TaylorMadeArmy[/bold] wrote: The erection of that section is perfection.[/p][/quote]as it stands it's a semi erection francowatford

11:46am Fri 28 Feb 14

francowatford says...

bristol hornet wrote:
jsjf1979 wrote:
Great that it is finally happening but anyone who witnessed both Yeovil and Bolton and in fact Brighton Middlesbrough and Birmingham, where we were turgid to watch at best, will probably agree that sannino brand of football isn't going to fill a three sided ground let alone four. Very frustrating watching us sit so deep at the moment - we have enough talent to dominate possession yet we are so negative at the moment. Anyone can defend with 11 men behind the ball but if sannino stays we need to be more expansive and entertaining.
Could not agree with you more about the last five games, and the turgid stuff on offer.

Season tickets will fall for next season, I am sure of that, and although it will be great have the new east stand and a proper ground again, I fear there will be many more empty seats on display if Beppe is retained.
if defend any deaper the players will be in the front row with the 1881 crowd
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jsjf1979[/bold] wrote: Great that it is finally happening but anyone who witnessed both Yeovil and Bolton and in fact Brighton Middlesbrough and Birmingham, where we were turgid to watch at best, will probably agree that sannino brand of football isn't going to fill a three sided ground let alone four. Very frustrating watching us sit so deep at the moment - we have enough talent to dominate possession yet we are so negative at the moment. Anyone can defend with 11 men behind the ball but if sannino stays we need to be more expansive and entertaining.[/p][/quote]Could not agree with you more about the last five games, and the turgid stuff on offer. Season tickets will fall for next season, I am sure of that, and although it will be great have the new east stand and a proper ground again, I fear there will be many more empty seats on display if Beppe is retained.[/p][/quote]if defend any deaper the players will be in the front row with the 1881 crowd francowatford

11:49am Fri 28 Feb 14

WFCinexile says...

jsjf1979 wrote:
Great that it is finally happening but anyone who witnessed both Yeovil and Bolton and in fact Brighton Middlesbrough and Birmingham, where we were turgid to watch at best, will probably agree that sannino brand of football isn't going to fill a three sided ground let alone four. Very frustrating watching us sit so deep at the moment - we have enough talent to dominate possession yet we are so negative at the moment. Anyone can defend with 11 men behind the ball but if sannino stays we need to be more expansive and entertaining.
The guy has come in mid-season and inherited an imbalanced side low on confidence and leaking goals. He's gone about his business in an efficient manner thus far, identified the problems, called them out, and looks to be rebuilding from the back. Yes, the football is not the free-flowing football under Zola, but it took Zola a while to get the players to click, then failed to re-produce it this season.

I'm looking forward to next season, I think we will be very difficult to break down and be efficient going forwards. I'm expecting a well drilled and organized team, hopefully with a bit of flair thrown in.

My main point is give the guy a chance - before he came in we were heading down, now we are not. He's not had chance to address all the issues yet, the lack of patience that some people exhibit is staggering.
[quote][p][bold]jsjf1979[/bold] wrote: Great that it is finally happening but anyone who witnessed both Yeovil and Bolton and in fact Brighton Middlesbrough and Birmingham, where we were turgid to watch at best, will probably agree that sannino brand of football isn't going to fill a three sided ground let alone four. Very frustrating watching us sit so deep at the moment - we have enough talent to dominate possession yet we are so negative at the moment. Anyone can defend with 11 men behind the ball but if sannino stays we need to be more expansive and entertaining.[/p][/quote]The guy has come in mid-season and inherited an imbalanced side low on confidence and leaking goals. He's gone about his business in an efficient manner thus far, identified the problems, called them out, and looks to be rebuilding from the back. Yes, the football is not the free-flowing football under Zola, but it took Zola a while to get the players to click, then failed to re-produce it this season. I'm looking forward to next season, I think we will be very difficult to break down and be efficient going forwards. I'm expecting a well drilled and organized team, hopefully with a bit of flair thrown in. My main point is give the guy a chance - before he came in we were heading down, now we are not. He's not had chance to address all the issues yet, the lack of patience that some people exhibit is staggering. WFCinexile

12:02pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Kismet110 says...

Genuinely thrilled about the new stand actually starting to appear at last, this is a big moment for all the supporters as it's the first erection at VR in a long time and having a four sided stadium is a MUST for numerous reasons.

As for Sannino, give him a chance, he's has only been here for two months!

Agree the football has gone downhill but be honest - did you prefer the five straight home losses in a row to mostly poor teams or only one goal conceded in seven?

I know which one I'd have short term at least and beyond that who knows but IF he's given the personnel (IMO a proper wing back or two, an experienced creative midfielder (Abdi?) and the pacy support striker we've been crying out for all season) then we can assess him.
Genuinely thrilled about the new stand actually starting to appear at last, this is a big moment for all the supporters as it's the first erection at VR in a long time and having a four sided stadium is a MUST for numerous reasons. As for Sannino, give him a chance, he's has only been here for two months! Agree the football has gone downhill but be honest - did you prefer the five straight home losses in a row to mostly poor teams or only one goal conceded in seven? I know which one I'd have short term at least and beyond that who knows but IF he's given the personnel (IMO a proper wing back or two, an experienced creative midfielder (Abdi?) and the pacy support striker we've been crying out for all season) then we can assess him. Kismet110

12:11pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Only 2 Ross Jenkins says...

Kismet110 wrote:
Genuinely thrilled about the new stand actually starting to appear at last, this is a big moment for all the supporters as it's the first erection at VR in a long time and having a four sided stadium is a MUST for numerous reasons.

As for Sannino, give him a chance, he's has only been here for two months!

Agree the football has gone downhill but be honest - did you prefer the five straight home losses in a row to mostly poor teams or only one goal conceded in seven?

I know which one I'd have short term at least and beyond that who knows but IF he's given the personnel (IMO a proper wing back or two, an experienced creative midfielder (Abdi?) and the pacy support striker we've been crying out for all season) then we can assess him.
It's the first erection since Deeney's goal v Leicester I would say.
[quote][p][bold]Kismet110[/bold] wrote: Genuinely thrilled about the new stand actually starting to appear at last, this is a big moment for all the supporters as it's the first erection at VR in a long time and having a four sided stadium is a MUST for numerous reasons. As for Sannino, give him a chance, he's has only been here for two months! Agree the football has gone downhill but be honest - did you prefer the five straight home losses in a row to mostly poor teams or only one goal conceded in seven? I know which one I'd have short term at least and beyond that who knows but IF he's given the personnel (IMO a proper wing back or two, an experienced creative midfielder (Abdi?) and the pacy support striker we've been crying out for all season) then we can assess him.[/p][/quote]It's the first erection since Deeney's goal v Leicester I would say. Only 2 Ross Jenkins

12:36pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Hornankey says...

Good news and it will enhance the atmosphere. Performances will have to improve to see the stand fully occupied.
Good news and it will enhance the atmosphere. Performances will have to improve to see the stand fully occupied. Hornankey

1:02pm Fri 28 Feb 14

TaylorMadeArmy says...

francowatford wrote:
TaylorMadeArmy wrote: The erection of that section is perfection.
as it stands it's a semi erection
That's a bit hard-on the builders.
[quote][p][bold]francowatford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TaylorMadeArmy[/bold] wrote: The erection of that section is perfection.[/p][/quote]as it stands it's a semi erection[/p][/quote]That's a bit hard-on the builders. TaylorMadeArmy

1:04pm Fri 28 Feb 14

rayman01 says...

Hornankey wrote:
Good news and it will enhance the atmosphere. Performances will have to improve to see the stand fully occupied.
A ground thats no longer an embarrassment is a good thing. I said at the staart of the season that home form would be key. A lack of consistency and poor atmosphere at Vic has contributed. Not all down to owners managemeny or players. Us fans need to be more vocal. Luv the Horns!
[quote][p][bold]Hornankey[/bold] wrote: Good news and it will enhance the atmosphere. Performances will have to improve to see the stand fully occupied.[/p][/quote]A ground thats no longer an embarrassment is a good thing. I said at the staart of the season that home form would be key. A lack of consistency and poor atmosphere at Vic has contributed. Not all down to owners managemeny or players. Us fans need to be more vocal. Luv the Horns! rayman01

1:16pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Wimbledonhorn says...

TaylorMadeArmy wrote:
francowatford wrote:
TaylorMadeArmy wrote: The erection of that section is perfection.
as it stands it's a semi erection
That's a bit hard-on the builders.
It's taken alot of balls though..
[quote][p][bold]TaylorMadeArmy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]francowatford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TaylorMadeArmy[/bold] wrote: The erection of that section is perfection.[/p][/quote]as it stands it's a semi erection[/p][/quote]That's a bit hard-on the builders.[/p][/quote]It's taken alot of balls though.. Wimbledonhorn

1:20pm Fri 28 Feb 14

demerit says...

SuperHorns wrote:
Well at least there is something going in now. Understandable delays with this weather we've had.
I wonder what the "other delays" were...
[quote][p][bold]SuperHorns[/bold] wrote: Well at least there is something going in now. Understandable delays with this weather we've had.[/p][/quote]I wonder what the "other delays" were... demerit

1:24pm Fri 28 Feb 14

demerit says...

francowatford wrote:
TaylorMadeArmy wrote:
The erection of that section is perfection.
as it stands it's a semi erection
Is there something you'd like to share with us Franco?
[quote][p][bold]francowatford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TaylorMadeArmy[/bold] wrote: The erection of that section is perfection.[/p][/quote]as it stands it's a semi erection[/p][/quote]Is there something you'd like to share with us Franco? demerit

1:39pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Harry's Bar says...

demerit wrote:
SuperHorns wrote:
Well at least there is something going in now. Understandable delays with this weather we've had.
I wonder what the "other delays" were...
I don't suppose we'll ever know, I suspect it won't be the end of them though. I'd be surprised if anyone sat in the Stand this season.
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SuperHorns[/bold] wrote: Well at least there is something going in now. Understandable delays with this weather we've had.[/p][/quote]I wonder what the "other delays" were...[/p][/quote]I don't suppose we'll ever know, I suspect it won't be the end of them though. I'd be surprised if anyone sat in the Stand this season. Harry's Bar

2:25pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Travelling Hornet says...

demerit wrote:
SuperHorns wrote:
Well at least there is something going in now. Understandable delays with this weather we've had.
I wonder what the "other delays" were...
Not your business
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SuperHorns[/bold] wrote: Well at least there is something going in now. Understandable delays with this weather we've had.[/p][/quote]I wonder what the "other delays" were...[/p][/quote]Not your business Travelling Hornet

2:47pm Fri 28 Feb 14

demerit says...

Travelling Hornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
SuperHorns wrote:
Well at least there is something going in now. Understandable delays with this weather we've had.
I wonder what the "other delays" were...
Not your business
That's a little harsh Angry Hornet....?
[quote][p][bold]Travelling Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SuperHorns[/bold] wrote: Well at least there is something going in now. Understandable delays with this weather we've had.[/p][/quote]I wonder what the "other delays" were...[/p][/quote]Not your business[/p][/quote]That's a little harsh Angry Hornet....? demerit

3:23pm Fri 28 Feb 14

JohnnyHornet says...

francowatford wrote:
TaylorMadeArmy wrote:
The erection of that section is perfection.
as it stands it's a semi erection
As it stands it'll be great for some of the pr1cks moaning about the stand and the team
[quote][p][bold]francowatford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TaylorMadeArmy[/bold] wrote: The erection of that section is perfection.[/p][/quote]as it stands it's a semi erection[/p][/quote]As it stands it'll be great for some of the pr1cks moaning about the stand and the team JohnnyHornet

3:28pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Essex Hornet says...

Well done to the owners for delivering on their promise to build this stand. There has been alot of talk in the past but to see it finally happen is great news. Can we fill it? I'm sure in time we can but I see this season as one of consolidation. If the owners were really serious about making the play offs they should have either invested in some proven strikers or given some of the guys we've sent out on loan a chance. Apart from Troy I just don't see where the goals are going to come from. Hopefully somebody will step up to the plate and prove me wrong starting with the Blackpool game tomorrow COYH
Well done to the owners for delivering on their promise to build this stand. There has been alot of talk in the past but to see it finally happen is great news. Can we fill it? I'm sure in time we can but I see this season as one of consolidation. If the owners were really serious about making the play offs they should have either invested in some proven strikers or given some of the guys we've sent out on loan a chance. Apart from Troy I just don't see where the goals are going to come from. Hopefully somebody will step up to the plate and prove me wrong starting with the Blackpool game tomorrow COYH Essex Hornet

4:32pm Fri 28 Feb 14

buckler says...

Should really be named after Bassini I think! He got the ball rolling..
Should really be named after Bassini I think! He got the ball rolling.. buckler

4:36pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Kismet110 says...

francowatford wrote:
TaylorMadeArmy wrote: The erection of that section is perfection.
as it stands it's a semi erection
I think you'll find it's known in the trade as a "Half-Chubb".
[quote][p][bold]francowatford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TaylorMadeArmy[/bold] wrote: The erection of that section is perfection.[/p][/quote]as it stands it's a semi erection[/p][/quote]I think you'll find it's known in the trade as a "Half-Chubb". Kismet110

8:44pm Fri 28 Feb 14

D.unstable says...

demerit wrote:
SuperHorns wrote:
Well at least there is something going in now. Understandable delays with this weather we've had.
I wonder what the "other delays" were...
They couldn't push Bassini's fat head far enough down into the footings!!!
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SuperHorns[/bold] wrote: Well at least there is something going in now. Understandable delays with this weather we've had.[/p][/quote]I wonder what the "other delays" were...[/p][/quote]They couldn't push Bassini's fat head far enough down into the footings!!! D.unstable

9:21pm Fri 28 Feb 14

neilhorn says...

WFCinexile wrote:
jsjf1979 wrote:
Great that it is finally happening but anyone who witnessed both Yeovil and Bolton and in fact Brighton Middlesbrough and Birmingham, where we were turgid to watch at best, will probably agree that sannino brand of football isn't going to fill a three sided ground let alone four. Very frustrating watching us sit so deep at the moment - we have enough talent to dominate possession yet we are so negative at the moment. Anyone can defend with 11 men behind the ball but if sannino stays we need to be more expansive and entertaining.
The guy has come in mid-season and inherited an imbalanced side low on confidence and leaking goals. He's gone about his business in an efficient manner thus far, identified the problems, called them out, and looks to be rebuilding from the back. Yes, the football is not the free-flowing football under Zola, but it took Zola a while to get the players to click, then failed to re-produce it this season.

I'm looking forward to next season, I think we will be very difficult to break down and be efficient going forwards. I'm expecting a well drilled and organized team, hopefully with a bit of flair thrown in.

My main point is give the guy a chance - before he came in we were heading down, now we are not. He's not had chance to address all the issues yet, the lack of patience that some people exhibit is staggering.
i agree. He came in to stop the slide, get us organized and that's what his done. He inherited a shambles lets face it. We are not a shambles now, you feel if we are winning with a minute to go that at least there's a chance will actually win. I feel he's done enough to get another crack next season. Nothing much is going to happen this season, prob finish 10th
[quote][p][bold]WFCinexile[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jsjf1979[/bold] wrote: Great that it is finally happening but anyone who witnessed both Yeovil and Bolton and in fact Brighton Middlesbrough and Birmingham, where we were turgid to watch at best, will probably agree that sannino brand of football isn't going to fill a three sided ground let alone four. Very frustrating watching us sit so deep at the moment - we have enough talent to dominate possession yet we are so negative at the moment. Anyone can defend with 11 men behind the ball but if sannino stays we need to be more expansive and entertaining.[/p][/quote]The guy has come in mid-season and inherited an imbalanced side low on confidence and leaking goals. He's gone about his business in an efficient manner thus far, identified the problems, called them out, and looks to be rebuilding from the back. Yes, the football is not the free-flowing football under Zola, but it took Zola a while to get the players to click, then failed to re-produce it this season. I'm looking forward to next season, I think we will be very difficult to break down and be efficient going forwards. I'm expecting a well drilled and organized team, hopefully with a bit of flair thrown in. My main point is give the guy a chance - before he came in we were heading down, now we are not. He's not had chance to address all the issues yet, the lack of patience that some people exhibit is staggering.[/p][/quote]i agree. He came in to stop the slide, get us organized and that's what his done. He inherited a shambles lets face it. We are not a shambles now, you feel if we are winning with a minute to go that at least there's a chance will actually win. I feel he's done enough to get another crack next season. Nothing much is going to happen this season, prob finish 10th neilhorn

1:37pm Sat 1 Mar 14

soulfulhornet says...

Great progess is being made despite negative comments of some on here. No it is not a work of art, but will meet its function - allowing more supporters to come and watch the horns. Understandably the recent weather has delayed the project, but hopefully the stand will open in April.

As regards filling it , how about offering concessions/ incentives for OAPs, latent/dormant supporters etc, and for families. Also offering seats to schools so that we can build support for our great club for the future. We used to be very good at that, especially in GTs first tenure. Acquiring future/ younger supporters is part and parcel of building the club and securing its finances for years to come. That could be another legacy that the Pozzos has given us - alongside having a club at all.

As regards the quality of the football, this has been a stop-start season in many respects - playing style, results, player recruitment, so I would not judge Sannino too harshly yet. He has made a solid if unspectacular start, but has largely (the odd poor performance Forest/ Bolton apart) improved the defence and defensive midfield. I am sure he is aware of the shortcomings elsewhere and will steadily seek improvements there too. If not, I think the Pozzos will act in the summer.
Great progess is being made despite negative comments of some on here. No it is not a work of art, but will meet its function - allowing more supporters to come and watch the horns. Understandably the recent weather has delayed the project, but hopefully the stand will open in April. As regards filling it , how about offering concessions/ incentives for OAPs, latent/dormant supporters etc, and for families. Also offering seats to schools so that we can build support for our great club for the future. We used to be very good at that, especially in GTs first tenure. Acquiring future/ younger supporters is part and parcel of building the club and securing its finances for years to come. That could be another legacy that the Pozzos has given us - alongside having a club at all. As regards the quality of the football, this has been a stop-start season in many respects - playing style, results, player recruitment, so I would not judge Sannino too harshly yet. He has made a solid if unspectacular start, but has largely (the odd poor performance Forest/ Bolton apart) improved the defence and defensive midfield. I am sure he is aware of the shortcomings elsewhere and will steadily seek improvements there too. If not, I think the Pozzos will act in the summer. soulfulhornet

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