Co-Chairman John Banaszkiewicz reflects and looks forward to the coming months.
Good afternoon one and all and a special Lancashire welcome to the directors and supporters of the ‘other Clarets’ from West Ham, who always make us welcome at Upton Park.
For this game our numbers include employees from my company, FIS, who have made their annual pilgrimage from London.
I am trying to convert them into true Clarets fans and we will be co-hosting an event with the UCFB students later on today, hopefully on the back of a positive result.
This match is the first of a run of three home fixtures in four games for us and I’m positive the crowd atmosphere will replicate the nail-biting draw at Leicester City two weeks ago, ahead of the international break.
Seven games into the season, the two-week break gave everyone a chance to reflect and I think I speak on behalf of everyone connected with the club when I say we are all pleased with the performance of the team and the grit shown by them this season, as we play in the world’s most competitive league.
Every game is a challenge and there are no easy fixtures, but it is important is that we show the fighting spirit we are known for.
We are always looking to strengthen and improve the squad and have recently bolstered our scouting department, both in the UK and abroad, which remains on the constant look-out for potential additions for the January transfer window, provided any recruits can provide depth and value to the squad and, crucially, fit within our budget.
Being on the global stage that is the Premier League has also increased our brand presence and we are now attracting attention from all four corners of the globe via our growing media networks and channels.
This, I feel, is something we should definitely be looking to build upon as we move forwards.
In that respect, and on the commercial side, we are very pleased to be welcoming our newest addition, Dave Baldwin, who was the former CEO of Bradford City.
David, who is due to start as our Chief Operating Officer in November, will be assisting our CEO Lee Hoos in dealing with all the operational challenges that we now face, as we are now becoming a bigger organisation due to our elevated status in the Premier League.
Through the additional revenue that being part of the Premier League yields we are also constantly looking at and, wherever possible, immediately upgrading all our facilities for current and future players and staff to continue the legacy of our great club.
So here’s to a great game against a very good side. Keep the faith and I think we can get a result today.
Let the battle of the Clarets commence!