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Re: New CEO
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2022, 02:36:39 PM »
Cheerio Ken.

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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2022, 02:37:11 PM »
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2022, 02:37:25 PM »
Lai is making moves

"He replaces Xu Ke as CEO and will oversee the day-to-day running of the football club, working closely with Controlling Shareholder Guochuan Lai, who will also replace Li Piyue as Albion Chairman."

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Re: New CEO
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2022, 02:37:37 PM »
Well this does make e a little more happy, he's talking a good game!

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Re: New CEO
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2022, 02:38:07 PM »
Gourlay said: “I am proud and honoured to be named Chief Executive Officer of this historic football club. I am aware of the issues we currently face, but I am not one to shy away from a challenge, and I am confident that by making both positive and necessary changes we will, in time, have the club back on track.

“During my short time here as a consultant I have seen and felt the disconnect between the club and its supporters and I will work tirelessly to rectify that. Open dialogue with fans will play a key part in rebuilding trust and I intend to communicate with supporters and the media on a regular basis.

“At boardroom level I intend to appoint directors with a wealth of football and business experience, who will have the knowledge and commitment required to take the club forward. In my conversations with Guochuan Lai during his recent visit we agreed the club needs to make significant changes in order to succeed. Some of these changes will take time to implement but they will all be in the best interests of the club.

“Our aim both in the short and long term is to be in the Premier League, but I recognise many of the issues at the club run deeper than which division we are playing in. The club requires a strategy for the future and once I have established an experienced board of directors, who can lead the many excellent staff already at the club, I will outline my plans to supporters in the coming weeks.

“Successes during my time here will be measured by how fans feel about the club they clearly love, and when the atmosphere at The Hawthorns has returned to the level for which it is famous, I will know we are on the right track.

“My immediate priority is to now appoint a new head coach following the departure of Valérien Ismaël. I would like to personally thank Val for his efforts and I wish him well in the future.”

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Re: New CEO
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2022, 02:39:18 PM »
I said if Val goes then others would have to go too and it looks like Ken and Li have took the fall.

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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2022, 02:40:21 PM »
I said if Val goes then others would have to go too and it looks like Ken and Li have took the fall.

Deservedly so.

Seems like Lai has finally had enough and been forced into action. Years late and 10's of millions wasted but what's done is done.

Time for something new.

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Re: New CEO
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2022, 02:41:20 PM »
You need some professionals to run a club.
Glad that Lai learned from mistake to remove Ken, who knows nothing about football.
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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2022, 02:41:33 PM »
This bloke failed badly at Reading.....
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Re: New CEO
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2022, 02:42:11 PM »
This bloke failed badly at Reading.....


Aaaaaannnndddd there goes my brief hope for the future.....  ;D

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« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2022, 02:42:58 PM »
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By appointing the guy who ruined Reading and is universally hated by their fan base. What could go wrong.

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Re: New CEO
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2022, 02:43:02 PM »
It would appear that the days between our last game and these announces meant haven't been wasted
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« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2022, 02:43:22 PM »
I stated on another thread that Ken should be looking over his shoulder. I really hope this isn't a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire.
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Re: New CEO
« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2022, 02:44:54 PM »
Deservedly so.

Seems like Lai has finally had enough and been forced into action. Years late and 10's of millions wasted but what's done is done.

Time for something new.

Well, you wanted him hands on & now he is.
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Re: New CEO
« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2022, 02:45:22 PM »

Aaaaaannnndddd there goes my brief hope for the future.....  ;D
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Re: New CEO
« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2022, 02:46:07 PM »
We need to give Lai a new map of the world. What is it with Reading employees? We fixate on Reading like the dingles did on anything Portuguese.

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Re: New CEO
« Reply #17 on: February 02, 2022, 02:46:44 PM »
Well, you wanted him hands on & now he is.

No one will care about his investment more than he will. No matter what their job title or salary.

Doesn't guarantee success of course but should help eradicate the sloppy, carelessness that has been consistent through Ken and Li tenure here.

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Re: New CEO
« Reply #18 on: February 02, 2022, 02:47:34 PM »
Blimey, someone in China has woke up and smelt the coffee........
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Re: New CEO
« Reply #19 on: February 02, 2022, 02:48:09 PM »
By appointing the guy who ruined Reading and is universally hated by their fan base. What could go wrong.

He was only there a few months, rot had set in long before then. Full grim tale here - https://theathletic.com/2963680/2021/11/19/special-report-bewildering-decline-reading-football-club/


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Re: New CEO
« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2022, 02:48:44 PM »
Well, it’s a clean sweep!

Let’s hope Gourlay has learned from past failures. His career isn’t all bad!

Lai has done exactly what we wanted in terms of exits.
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« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2022, 02:49:17 PM »
He was only there a few months, rot had set in long before then. Full grim tale here - https://theathletic.com/2963680/2021/11/19/special-report-bewildering-decline-reading-football-club/

Sounds familiar......
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Re: New CEO
« Reply #22 on: February 02, 2022, 02:49:24 PM »
Have a google Gaz , that said its a fresh start for all .
Stay positive .

Thanks, i will try but it's been hard since Lai took over.

Feels like a few clouds have been lifted from over the club with Li, Ken and Ismael gone, let's hope it remains that way.

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« Reply #23 on: February 02, 2022, 02:49:52 PM »
Lets see if he communicates with us fans ?

At least he has a few years experience of working for Chelsea and Reading, so the Ken question of not having any experience of running a football club is not applicable.

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« Reply #24 on: February 02, 2022, 02:50:42 PM »
He was only there a few months, rot had set in long before then. Full grim tale here - https://theathletic.com/2963680/2021/11/19/special-report-bewildering-decline-reading-football-club/

Chinese owners. Getting a bad feeling about this already......
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