Well anonymous, I guess thats why you wont put a name to your posts.
What I stated about the club not surviving is a view even shared by some people who would have a lot more to lose, than us, the fans.
One person may not make a team, and is a view I share. However, should Smyth not be re-signed due to perceived lack of action (be it lack of decent offer etc), a lot of long suffering fans, who only JUST decided to renew tickets last season may decide that is the final straw and leave.
I would suggest, as a conservative figure, that if Smyth was not re-signed, they would lose a possible 800 season ticket holders. That is approximately 40% (working on the 2000 season tickets [again approx] that were "reportedly" sold for this last season).
Working on an adult price of $334 (which is what I paid for my wife't ticket when you facotr in admin fees), that equates to $267,200 gone from the budget.
Then factor in drop in revenue to catering, loss of exposure to sponsors, therefore devaluing the "product" (the team in this case), and sponsors also start to drop out.
Considering Phil part owns Sammys on the Marina, do you think they would continue their sponsorship if he wasn't re-signed?
You say fans are fickle. Thats exactly right. Why would the "fickle" fans come to see a team that is hardly marketed (if they even knew the team was playing) if it's a team playing with some unknown coach...not to mention how many players would want to still play at Adelaide if Phil wasnt coach (remember there was a player poll done at the start of this season, in which Phil was named as the coach most players would like to play under).
I stand by my original statement. If Phil was not re-signed by some force or decision by the club, the public backlash would almost seal the fate of the club.
I hate the fact, but it's a very close reality.