As I sit and write this my beloved club are perilously close to going into administration. The "Fleet" have endured over 130 years of history and financial insecurity but are pretty much on their knees, desperate for help and apparently in a situation that could see them completely fold.
5 years ago MyFootballClub or MYFC completed a 75% buy out and took control of the club with lots of optimism, positivity and promises of great things to come. With a 35,000 membership it all looked so good.
Unfortunately most of the 35,000 had never heard of Ebbsfleet, they thought they were buying into a top flight club so most of them failed to renew their membership the following years.
This has meant that revenue has decreased each year, firstly the team had to revert from full time players to part time semi pro's.
The fun was over, reality set in, MYFC should have fallen on their sword a long time ago and let the club go to someone who could actually afford to support and run it. Instead they have buried their heads in the sand and as the saying goes they tried to "Keep Calm and Carry On!"
All very noble, but like someone who can't afford to pay his electricity bill and keeps hiding it in a kitchen drawer, hoping it will go away here is a revelation........ It wont, didn't, hasn't and now it is time to pay the piper!
Forget pay the piper, how about pay the players, the bar staff and anyone else that needs to be paid? The truth is that MYFC no longer are a viable proposition and the longer they are in control the more damage is being done to the club.
It is little wonder that the team have had such poor results. Morale must be at rock bottom when you have a bunch of lads that are expected to give 100% yet are not even being paid.
Over that last few months there have been several rumours concerning potential buyers and interested parties but to date nothing has been done to secure Ebbsfleet's future. More worryingly is the distinct lack of information from MYFC regarding the situation.
This leaves supporters and fans free to make their own judgements both on the future and the conduct of MYFC. Human nature makes us fear the worst and come to conclusions that may or may not be accurate.
The latest and current situation is regarding Carlos Kabir Karani, a Spanish individual who has made it clear that he wishes to purchase the club, pay off the debts and bring in young Spanish international players to develop them and then to use the football club to "feed" these players into the Spanish game.
Now this may not be the perfect solution, in fact it may be very short sighted and not ideal but right now this is the only solution there is.
My concerns are this.....Why Ebbsfleet? Apparently he has expressed interests in other clubs such as Bury, Aldershot and Barnsley but it is Ebbsfleet that he wants. Strange? Why would you want a club that is outside of the Football League, being relegated and in severe financial trouble when the others would give him a much higher profile and more clout when tempting Spanish talent to our shores?
Secondly what happens to the club and us as fans? Price increases? Will we almost become alien in whatever league we are playing in with high risk, unknown young experimental players? What about the players that are already here and are 100% committed to this club?
Lastly what do we really know about this man? Does he actually have the money available to buy the club and to continue to run it as a viable business? How long for?
These questions will have to be answered to everyone's satisfaction before he can be considered as a truly realistic option.
However, that said the one thing that is certain is that MYFC cannot possibly continue as the controlling body at this great local grass roots football club. They have to go and go as soon as possible.
We are in a "damned if we do, damned if we don't" situation with little hope of an improvement.
I will be attending the public meeting on Wednesday and I urge every supporter to be there and to put the relevant questions to all parties. Then perhaps we will all be in a position to make a balanced judgement.
I met Carlos on Saturday and he seems totally genuine and enthusiastic and if this is the way forward then MYFC absolutely must sell to him if the club are to have any chance of survival because the future under them is certainly doomed!