Fans are angry
Rovers are allowing Rotherham United to hold a collection at Belle Vue tomorrow. This shock news has angered many Rovers fans. Just look at the poll, on this site to see how Rovers fans view the situation.
The collection for the Millers will hinder the normal matchday collection for the Rovers youth team, called the coin trial. In fact, the club have asked the Viking Supporters Co-operative (Rover Trust) not to collect tomorrow. Its pleasing to see that the Trust have made a clear two-finger salute to that request by Rovers and are appealing for more people to help with the coin trial.
Rovers fans remember that back in 1998, when Rovers were in a much worst state, Rotherham fans laughed as they won promotion to what is now the Championship. That makes states from Rotherham fans 'if the boot was on the other foot we would help out' laughable. As the saying goes, what goes around comes around. Also, only a few weeks a go Rotherham refused the Rovers Trust to collect money for the coin trial; That seems very two faced to me.
Most Rovers fans have questioned how bad the Rotherham story actually is:
Why did Rotherham sign Paul Shaw, if they knew the financial situation was that dire?
Why bring in two extra players in on loan adding to an already massive wage bill?
Why aren't questions being asked with regards to the board? Why take over a club if you don't have the finance to fund it?
Why not get some players out on loan? Maybe with a view to a permanent deal?
Why aren't players being asked to take a pay cut?
Why are they operating on losses of £140k a month? That's a big shortfall, and shows poor management.
Why can't they go into administration? Rovers went into administration and at the time we had no assets whatsoever. We did not own the ground, and the players were training in the local park or in the stands.
In the past, the youth team collection, run by the Supporters Trust have experienced problems. The club suspended the Trust from collecting until they had a formal policy, secure collection tins and had ID badges. It will be interesting to see if they allow the Millers to collect, if they do not have any of that in place.
Vital tip: Stick a quid in the coin trial and if you have a spare pound purchase the excellent fanzine (new issue on sale this Saturday).
Have your say in the forum.