Can you imagine Nicola Cortese doing this ...

Daily Echo: NICOLA CORTESE NICOLA CORTESE

IMAGINE Nicola Cortese on Twitter asking Saints fans who he should sign during the current transfer window.

Then imagine Mauricio Pochettino retweeting fans’ messages a few days later regarding a signing!

That’s exactly what has happened at League 1 club Crawley Town.

Crawley boss John Gregory is one of the only managers in the Football League – along with Oldham’s Lee Johnson – who is on Twitter – and now he has been joined by chairman Dave Pottinger.

Pottinger took to the site last week to canvass opinion among the club’s supporters as to who they would most like Reds to sign this month.

The answer was Matt Tubbs and, hey presto, Bournemouth’s former Salisbury striker signed on loan on Monday, returning to the club he helped fire to promotion from the Conference in 2010/11 as well as to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Pottinger admits the vote did not sway Gregory’s decision to sign Tubbs but hasn’t ruled out doing something similar in the future.

Pottinger said: “It was just a fishing line really, everyone knows we needed to enhance the side and goals have been a problem.

“We have scouts and an experienced manager in John Gregory but we have 20,000-odd fans so why not ask them?

“A lot of supporters are treated with disrespect but they know their football.

“I might do it again, ask them to go down to the Conference North and find us a gem.

“I’ll stop short of asking them to pick the team, though. I don’t think John Gregory would be so keen on that!”

Chairmen and managers engaging with fans can never be a bad thing but Crawley's media team may need to try to keep a tighter rein on Gregory’s use of Twitter.

Reds had planned a big announcement of the signing of Tubbs on Monday morning but Gregory let the cat out of the bag the previous day when he retweeted messages from fans about the striker’s return to Sussex!

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9:37am Fri 10 Jan 14

Velleity says...

I'll kick off. I suggest we sign Messi, Ronaldo and Bale.
I'll kick off. I suggest we sign Messi, Ronaldo and Bale. Velleity

10:47am Fri 10 Jan 14

worried of n e hampshire says...

Velleity wrote:
I'll kick off. I suggest we sign Messi, Ronaldo and Bale.
not Bale he dives to much an will get us in trouble with ref's
O sorry we already are!!!
[quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: I'll kick off. I suggest we sign Messi, Ronaldo and Bale.[/p][/quote]not Bale he dives to much an will get us in trouble with ref's O sorry we already are!!! worried of n e hampshire

11:09am Fri 10 Jan 14

Sadoldgitte says...

It might be nice if he communicated more with the fans though. If he had asked about the kit I am sure we would still be playing in red and white stripes!
It might be nice if he communicated more with the fans though. If he had asked about the kit I am sure we would still be playing in red and white stripes! Sadoldgitte

11:20am Fri 10 Jan 14

Alicesdad says...

I can only imagine Nicola acting in a thoroughly professional fashion and not delving into these lowly practices. We are a TOP premiership outfit ffs.

Why is this even a story? Ther is no link whatsoever between us and Crawley so this is the most contrived piece of non news I have seen. Just a chance to pop at NC.

The writer is an idiot and whoever edits this deserves a pay cut.
I can only imagine Nicola acting in a thoroughly professional fashion and not delving into these lowly practices. We are a TOP premiership outfit ffs. Why is this even a story? Ther is no link whatsoever between us and Crawley so this is the most contrived piece of non news I have seen. Just a chance to pop at NC. The writer is an idiot and whoever edits this deserves a pay cut. Alicesdad

2:46pm Fri 10 Jan 14

There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire says...

There's lot's of things that other people have done that I couldn't imagine NC doing
This is one of them
A very odd article
There's lot's of things that other people have done that I couldn't imagine NC doing This is one of them A very odd article There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire

3:10pm Fri 10 Jan 14

allsaintsnocurves says...

That's no way to endear yourself to your 20,000 fans by calling them odd!?
That's no way to endear yourself to your 20,000 fans by calling them odd!? allsaintsnocurves

5:47pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Good Looking Man About Town. says...

Can you imagine Cortese spending the 250K away supporters fund redecorating the away end?
Can you imagine Cortese spending the 250K away supporters fund redecorating the away end? Good Looking Man About Town.

6:08pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Saint Botley says...

Well, there's some irrelevant local spin on someone else's story. Seems to be The Echo's template nowadays. What have you got for us tomorrow guys? Arctic conditions in New York at the moment, imagine if that happened in Hamble.
Well, there's some irrelevant local spin on someone else's story. Seems to be The Echo's template nowadays. What have you got for us tomorrow guys? Arctic conditions in New York at the moment, imagine if that happened in Hamble. Saint Botley

6:25pm Fri 10 Jan 14

THE12THMAN says...

Another totally irrelavent story, poor journalism.
Another totally irrelavent story, poor journalism. THE12THMAN

11:11am Sat 11 Jan 14

andysaints007 says...

Alicesdad wrote:
I can only imagine Nicola acting in a thoroughly professional fashion and not delving into these lowly practices. We are a TOP premiership outfit ffs.

Why is this even a story? Ther is no link whatsoever between us and Crawley so this is the most contrived piece of non news I have seen. Just a chance to pop at NC.

The writer is an idiot and whoever edits this deserves a pay cut.
So why did you read it then you plank?
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: I can only imagine Nicola acting in a thoroughly professional fashion and not delving into these lowly practices. We are a TOP premiership outfit ffs. Why is this even a story? Ther is no link whatsoever between us and Crawley so this is the most contrived piece of non news I have seen. Just a chance to pop at NC. The writer is an idiot and whoever edits this deserves a pay cut.[/p][/quote]So why did you read it then you plank? andysaints007

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