Here are my thought for what it's worth.
1. Living on Guernsey as he does SL needs a powerful CEO to run the club day to day. Ashton is capable and works hard but is paid too much and has too much influence in deciding managers + players to employ. He has got it completely wrong on too many occasions. The appointment of Holden was a complete disaster.
2. We have departed recently from purchasing players with further potential to signing 30 +journeymen on fat wages.
3.We continue to be perceived as a nice club but with a soft underbelly.
4.SL is risk averse, which is probably why he is so wealthy, but we nearly always end up employing a cheaper second rate manager without the experience or ruthelesnes to take on Ashton or make the necessary demands of the players.
5 There is something drastically wrong in our physio/medical department.
6. It's very tough under ffp to compete with clubs with parachute payments. This will only change if we can somehow manage to get into the prem ourselves, even if it's only for one season
1. We are now an established Championship club with a superb ground, training facilities and academy that it starting to produce many talented young players. We regularly attract crowds of 20,000. This is a massive leap from from where we were in the 80's with crowds of 8,000 and we were yoyoing between League 1 and The Championship. This ia all down to the investment of SL.
2.SL is still massively passionate about the club. He cares and the new training facilities should push the club closer towards the goal. I Can see city in future years yoyoing between The Premiership and Championship in a similar vein to say Norwich City. If we had only won our one visit to the play off final, I think that's where we would be now.
The limit of our potential would be something like Leicester City.
3. We just need to make the right appointment. If we can start to make the play offs, on the law of averages we will make the leap to the prem if only for one season and then become one of the parachute payment clubs that can get back up much more easily. There is then reason to hope we can become a Brighton or previously Bournemouth and stay there for a few seasons.
This next appointment is critical.
The appointment of Eddie Howe would be a master stroke and would give me massive grounds for optimism.
The appointment of Paul Cook would be give me real hope of making the play offs in the next couple of years
The appointment of someone like Ryan Lowe would be similair to Lee Johnson. We might make the play offs if we are lucky.
The appointment of someone like Michael Appleton would convince me Ashton has too much control and would not fill me with confidence.
Over to you Steve and thanks for all you have done, we really appreciate it