Mike Garlick relishes an exciting final month of the seasonGood evening everyone and welcome back to Turf Moor for another exciting afternoon.
A very warm welcome to all the directors and staff from Leeds United, who have endured some tough times in recent seasons.
However, they remain a big club and will have aspirations, like ourselves, of a return to the top flight.
For us, that dream remains very much alive, on the back of our fantastic unbeaten run, which now stretches to 17 games back to Boxing Day.
I’m told that eclipses the 16-game run we had in our last promotion season and represents our best run since the 1981/82 season, so we are certainly laying down a marker that we mean business.
The games are running down fast now and there’s less than a month until our fate will be determined.
However, we have ultimate faith in Sean and this squad of players that we can get the job done, which would be a fabulous achievement.
Speaking of which, congratulations to Sean following another nomination for the Manager of the Month and well done to Sam Vokes on winning the Player of the Month.
Sam was on fire last month and it’s a richly deserved award. Hopefully, that will be a further spur for the rest of the season.
By now I am sure you will all have digested the headline figures from annual accounts, which of course make very good reading.
There were very few Premier League clubs who recorded anything like the profit made in the 2014/15 season and I am extremely proud.
We run a tight ship here and just as Sean likes to get every drop of sweat out of his players, it’s the same off the field and all around the club.
The accounts are therefore testament to all the work we have put in as Directors, Sean and his team and the people behind the scenes, both on the playing side, the commercial side and everyone in the offices, because everyone works hard.
In terms of infrastructure and the facilities, for years we feel we have fallen behind many of our peers and what we are doing now, both at Barnfield Training Centre and here at Turf Moor, just gets us to where they are.
All are essential in terms of moving the club forward and if you take the Barnfield Training Centre, for example, you often think about youth and the future in that respect, but even senior players who are considering signing a contract really look at things like that and if you don’t tick that box, the likelihood is they will choose someone else.
I’ve been down to see the site and it’s developing nicely and I think it will be something to be proud of when it’s complete and operational.
Enjoy the game