So after a Sorry Team and Managerial display on Saturday showing us just how far we've gone backwards and how far Man City have catapulted forwards the usual excuses and ongoing saga that is Spurs call it a Learning Curve/Transition/Project/Stagnation/Treading water...... Once again our fan base divides on the situation there are those that seem to have the patience of saints that don't see winning as a must, there are those that are quite happy trudging along as the nearly Men taking our little victories and improvements and being more than contented with it some even championing the Glory in Failure. Then we have those that want more from the club, they're tired of watching the inevitable every year, hearing every excuse under the sun of why we couldn't/shouldn't expect more, what they see as complete and utter disregard for winning Trophies in favour of making more money that's not being reinvested into the 1st team where it is needed. We lock horns and battle over who's right and who's wrong when we win/lose/draw an air of see told you so rattles through our fan base and is quite toxic at times. From ENICs point of view this is perfect (Divide and Conquer). We can all agree that to compete stronger we NEED more money, we NEED more investment so there is where we are all at. It seems a complete age since the plans were first laid out for a new stadium....... we've had Sainsburys/purchase orders/steel works/Stratford/MK/Wembley/54k - 61k/NFL/retractable pitches/skywalks/climbing walls/cheese bars......... completely bombarded with everything and seemed like an eternity to get anything actually happening. Then finally all of a sudden there is a huge construction rising, Promises of a Grand opening for the start of 2018/19 season the all singing all dancing new Stadium. A State of the art design with all the trimmings, to go with our world class training ground and what has been perceived and sold to the fans by Levy/ENIC and their band of fans as the final piece of the jigsaw. The piece that suddenly catapults us to the Big Boy status no longer the big 5s plucky little trier but a force to be reckoned with who can now challenge them for the best players in the world....... Sounds great doesn't it ? (oh how I want to believe) There are a few major snags in this current 1 league cup project, 1stly a stadium cost that seems to be rising with every article you read but a heavy increase from the original quoted 450mil into the 750mil- 1bn bracket. Eye watering stuff being covered by huge loans/debt being put on our club. 2ndly having already suffered years of player sales to fund player purchases meaning a destiny to always sell our best with very little ownership investment in the club, we aren't even in the new stadium yet but have had it held against us for the past 6+ years at least which looks to be a Stone around our necks for the foreseeable. 3rdly what have all the Extras cost us? Is the NFL franchise/retractable Pitch/hugely corporate sell out of boxes/executive suites etc of any actual benefit to our 1st team and product on the pitch? 4thly the extra matchday revenue - is it going to be pumped back into the 1st team at a proper level for us to return more than a good try? With the spiralling costs to cater for all this how much longer will it be used as a shield to protect the owners from putting some proper funds into the 1st team and competing for the best players? For many the answer has been the New Stadium all along , but just look at how its helped the Scum down the road- huge turn over a couple of FA cups not a lot more. What do others think about this? Are you happy with all the extras and how do they benefit anyone other than ENIC? Are you expecting us to Challenge straight away? If not how long does the patience last- once we start approaching 12/15/20 years of 1 League cup and a bunch of excuses? Personally I'm not interested in the NFL nonsense and the extra cost/time that we will be saddled with when its a money spinner for the owners and will not see our 1st team. This Stadium to me unfortunately looks to be built in mind of maximum returns for investment for owners over club. Anyone actually think it will be open in time ? Interested to know what others think surrounding the New Stadium - Next Step or Ownership Cash Cow?