Re: "Carlton Must Voice Realistic Goals To Members" - (Patrick Smith) SEN Reply #75 – April 09, 2014, 11:19:22 PM The most important 'reality' that our club needs to understand with crystal clarity, is that we have been here before. Since the early '90s we have put in plenty of games like last Sunday night. And then we come back strong with subsequent wins, and maybe even string together good wins - only to eventually return to this 'default/ordinary' position once the 'courage wind' has left our 'fickle/timid sails'. Members can only feel - conned again. Time to renew the sails.Do we have what it takes to really change where we are now? Changing that means home truths… ruthless honestly. And ruthless honesty starts with me/self, inclusive of every position within the club. “What can I do better, much better… and what will it take?”Too many of us, as positive and optimistic as we might be, are becoming justifiably cynical. We do not want to be cynical about our club and its people. We want to believe the hype. But we're not all d1ckheads and are no longer buying the marketing/Pr dept message. When you promise much and deliver FA over collective seasons, well, you get Membership stalling at 45,000. And this is a club that should have Membership at 75,000 plus (considering our supporter base and significant national profile). So failure is very real at most levels of our club, except the CEOs dept... this dept has and is delivering financial growth big time. Well done. What we want right now from our club (I suspect) is honest acknowledgement of where we really are and how the f*ck we got to this level of ‘averageness/ordinariness’. And although we can see very real evidence that our club is being way more honest with us than, maybe, ever (website/media acknowledgement & very real accountability) it will all amount to nought if our club does not act decisively and ruthlessly to remedy our 'ordinary' status. Strong change.Only sustained excellence/success has credibility.Our football club has been down, defeated and embarrassed for far too long. The only challenge for each member of our Board is, ‘do you really know what it takes to create success at EVERY level of our club and are you capable of being obsessively & ruthlessly focussed, no matter what, on creating a dynasty of success at the Mighty CFC?” Not a season of success. A dynasty of success… and if you do not know what that means and what it will require from you, then FO.