- Jun 17, 2017
My understanding was that The Cliff renovations would go longside the Carrington improvements that were mooted, this was announced late 2019 by Woodward, so a fair bit after Stoney got the job as manager, and a mere few months before the WSL was postponed that season.She was fed a promise that they'd be in their home base of a freshly renovated Cliff in season one. Then an excuse that the team might soon need better than the (not renovated) Cliff and that United were looking at bigger and better things for them. This isn't about a post covid financial hit, it's about three years of failure to give her the infrastructure that she was promised.
Part of the big picture story for the women's team was that we weren't going to spend big on the player (transfer/wages) budget. Instead we were going to focus on developing young players, and suppliment them with experience/talent to give us a stable path to success. The superior infrastructure and technical support from United was supposed to be our secret weapon.
In many ways, it feels like Casey got us in a position to challenge too fast. The Glazers were content not to take the PR hit of, "the other Premier League teams all have a women's team - so why don't United," and they've done that.
Now we need to give them the next PR hit - how about proper facilities that don't make even your budget conscious manager walk out on you.
This cutailment of the season and subsequent games without fans has ultimately hit United Womans team and the Club as an entity fairly hard, so it does seem fair that improvements mooted in November 2019 may not take place straight away.
The Cliff has had minor improvements last year, the pitches were completely relaid to improve conditions for the players.
I am in no way sticking up for the Glazers or Woodward here, but I am questioning Casey Stoneys decision, the fact that she is already in line for a job in America strikes me as an opportunity to use the current malaise and disiilusionment with the Womans team direction as an easy way out.
Hopefully the team can pull together and the Owners/Club put in the money needed to progress and make the right decision with the new manager.