Summat or nowt issue but...
As one or two of you may be aware Carlisle United were reportedly in talks with a billionaire about him buying the club. All seemed utter bollocks at the time but gradually it's taken some shape. The club ditched their talks with a local businessman a couple of weeks back and continued to protect the identity of the proposed buyer. The directors selling up include Andrew Jenkins who has a decades long involvement with the club and has always had his heart in the right place even if his personal fortune wasn't powerful enough to push us beyond the top of League One. So, bizarre as it all sounded, it's been taken on trust that the proposed buyer is what they claim; male, foreign and loaded to at least a billion dollars of value. Begging the question WTF would such a creature want Carlisle United (though thankfully the foreign bit rules out the nightmare of Mike Ashley having a sniff).
Anyway, growing rumour with some - just about believable - legs on it now names Donald Trump and ties the interest down to one of his trusted lieutenants having family history in Carlisle (true). So, it's - possibly - akin to Trump's purchase of a large chunk of Aberdeenshire and locating a golf course because his mum came from a small village up there, all chronicled in the highly recommended documentary "Trumped." Clearly, Trump wouldn't be averse to showing some interest in the UK because the whole "old country" /caring capitalism helps out locals schtick looks good for rich guys running for the Republican nomination.
Almost too bizarre for words, but thought I'd share it with the group.
How would you feel if your beloved club was owned by someone who most right thinking people of the world are convinced is an utter dick or does it depend on how much money he is spending?
We had the right thinking/utter dick problem when Michael Knighton owned us. Trump is allegedly a similar animal in talking one level of fortune whilst operating with less, but - even then - he's fucking loaded. Tbh I'd have mixed feelings, dickhead owners are just that and Blackpool, Brighton and a few other clubs spend ages paying for the problems, even if fleeting success comes their way. So my worry is a frontloaded success would leave us where Knighton did. He was gone when we fell into the Conference but it was the long tail of his disasterous final half decade that did for us financially and landed us there. So, we'd feel about Trump the way the nation felt about Thatcher, I guess, some of the achievements would be appreciated but it's unlikely anyone would ever get to like him.
Though doubtless the snagging of the odd former international player and the inevitable sprint out of League Two would be a blast.