Written by: Mitchell Bray
At little over fifteen minutes from the final whistle at Loftus Road, Radio WM presenter Paul Franks delivered a stomach churning piece of news, which certainly took the gloss off a pulsating victory.
News that the latest information WM had was that the EFL is expected to release their recommendation within the next few weeks on Blues punishment for breaching FFP rules etc. He went on to say Blues were to expect a points deduction. However, he did not know whether BCFC would make an appeal.
Since that news, there has been plenty of speculation in articles featured on Newsnow as to what size of deduction is expected.
Twelve appears to be the favoured figure.
Whilst much of this is rumoured and many a tabloid has joined in, I feel from my own delving that this figure is accurate. Will it be this season or next, or six now and six suspended? Who knows.
My own view is that we should get to the safety points mark of 58 points as soon as possible. Starting with Bolton on Tuesday night our real survival starts, forgetting the fantasy of a play off spot. We basically require what points we have now plus twelve. Doesn’t sound a lot but still needs achieving. Two weeks ago I went live on the WM phone and was very critical of the programme not supporting us more in this horrible time. They said “What do you expect us to do?” I replied, ‘To keep an ear to the ground and investigate more’.
To their credit, I believe they have and are doing this. After all, BCFC provide local newspapers and local radio with much needed news and commercial income. Hopefully during the next three weeks we will be getting the support we need as we will be needing it. First and foremost is the need for those extra twelve points starting with Tuesday. Bolton although struggling do represent a threat and I am sure Garry Monk knows this only too well. As he says this season will see ‘bumps in the road’- hopefully the amassing of the next dozen points will smooth this out.
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