Today Panos Pavlakis left the club after three and a half years as a director. Recently Many fans have expressed their joy with the fact that he has gone. I understand some of their frustrations, especially over the ill-fated appointment of Zola. However I think that Panos deserves more respect from the fans and I am certainly prepared to give it here.
He was originally appointed by Carson Yeung, however after Yeung’s sentencing he clearly fell out with Yeung who appeared to try to get him out. Panos hung on and basically steered the club through one of the most difficult periods it has been through for a number of years.
We had a very difficult period on the pitch under Clark and then things improved with the appointment of Gary Rowett, something that Panos was credited for. Although finances definitely weren’t great – the manager did get some funds to players.
There are some who have been close to the club that we were close to going under but Panos kept us afloat. For a while we had hope that we might actually get into the play-offs again with Rowett in charge, however as we know his out of the blue sacking (pun unintended) saw fans become very hostile towards him. The resultant appointment only focused that ire.
The appointment of Zola was definitely a mistake, however it is easy to judge after the event. Zola did a decent job at Watford and is clearly respected within football, so I’m not going to jump on the bandwagon.
It is clear that the new owners want new people in the club, which is understandable and it appears that Panos wasn’t part of the decision to bring in Redknapp so I guess the writing was on the wall.
So I would like to thank Panos for all that he has done in keeping the club going, for the signs of improvement under Rowett, and wish you well in the future.
Earlier panos tweeted:
That’s it guys! 3.5 years with proper “Joys & Sorrows” on a proper Club! Thank you ALL for your patience! Good luck & God bless! #BCFC #KRO
— Panos Pavlakis (@PanosInAsia) May 19, 2017
It was nice to give this site a mention!