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.. It's a new life, For BFC .. and it's feeling good! Some have been waiting months, some years and for others a lifetime but it's finally happened. The name of Blackpool Football Club is no longer tarnished with the name of a family we vow on AVFTT never to refer to in an article again. Instead we welcome the dawn of Simon Sadler, who has achieved every fans dream of owning their hometown club and, at the same time given us what we all wanted, a new name above the door at Bloomfield Road. His name has been banded around for some time now, along with others that were never quite as tempting, and it was with widespread delight and approval that Blackpool fans greeted the news that Sadler would be the club's new owner. In many ways, from Day One, Simon Sadler ticked all the boxes. Home grown, a fan through thick and thin, ambitious, succesful and the fact he has a few quid undoubtedly helps.
The fact he has acquired 96.2% of the club has put to bed many of the concerns about the sale of the club and what would happen to Belokon's 20%. Now it has been confirmed that has been transferred to Sadler as well, it ends a Blackpool era which could have been Golden, but in the end felt grubby and tainted. Now we can move on to what should be an exciting new age at Bloomfield Road. The possibilities and potential for the club are huge. It is why the next few years it is important that fans look at what's happening off the pitch as much as what is happening on it, to gauge how the new owner is faring. The big boys in the Prem have lost touch with what a football club should really be, which is not a money making soulless business but something the whole community (and beyond) can be a part of. It will be down to Simon Sadler to decide his priorities but the majority of fans would sooner have a million pound investment in the infrastucture of the club than a million pound investment in a journeyman striker. What happens from the community to the academies and to the facilities will say as much about the new owners achievements as any success on the pitch.
However, to a certain extent, what happens on the pitch is of course integral to the success of the club. Everyone likes a winning side playing entertaining football but when there's 23 other teams in the league hoping for the same success, it's fine lines and margins that can often determine who wins that battle. However, the choice of the right manager and players is key to determining whether a side is one fans want to watch and that is in Sadler's hands. As a fan, who went to the Peterborough game, he'll have his own thoughts on the style of McPhillips side and his suitability for what he wants to achieve. It certainly looks by keeping on the board members that Sadler is seeking consistancy and he might not feel now is the time to upset the apple cart. There again, he might go in all gun's blazing and want this first season to be a truly memorable one at Bloomfield Road.
From a fan's perspective, it's time to get back to what fans are best at doing which is supporting the club and our team. The old excuses have gone and now is the time to show the new owner, what he already knows, that as a collective unit there is nothing greater than the tangerine army. It's been a long time coming but now is finally the time to move on to a new era and a chance to finally believe the ultimate cliche that the future is bright, the future is tangerine.
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