Avispa today received a big Christmas present as news of the new President of the club was made public.
My understanding is that it still needs to go in front of an EGM in January, but that should just be a formality and we should now start to have the structure in place to start building for next season and beyond.
Who is the new President?
He looks to be exactly what we need in being a real football man, and a Fukuoka boy.
Born in Iizuka he became linked to Sumitomo Metal in the days before the J-League, eventually becoming their coach.
From this he became closely linked with the start of Kashima Antlers at the dawn of the J-League, including during their glory years when Zico was at the club.
Success here led to links with the Japanese Football Association where he has been closely linked to the development of young players.
I don’t want to jump the gun here, but the same as when I was very pleased when we appointed Pusnik I would also say this looks like a very positive appointment.
I don’t feel the club needs or wants a rich sugar-daddy type owner who might bank-roll a few far-fetched schemes, but rather a real football man who understands the game and can see what Pusnik could potentially achieve if given the correct support.
His links to youth development are key for me as this is the main area where I feel Avispa need to move in, and with a CEO who has played the game and stayed involved in the game for nearly 35 years it may be exactly the man to establish a new, modern outlook in Japanese football.