Welcome to the Dragon's Den
With money burning a hole in his back pocket and keen to give something back to Scottish Football, the Dragon invited ambitious young hopefuls to try and persuade him to part with his cash to fund their dreams of owning and running their own Scottish football club. He might be wealthy but he's not inclined to throw money away; therefore, the Dragon went through a rigorous selection process to choose which applicants would be worthy of spending his cash for the purposes of buying and rejuvanating a 3rd Division team.
Each had to come up with a solid business plan, spending money on improving their club's reputation; a new stadium; advertising to persuade people to come and fill the stadium; improving the desirability of the town; training and youth facilities; a donation to charity to 'prove' their quality as chairman and finally spending money to recruit a manager. The business plans (and revisions) can be viewed in this thread.
Scottish Division 3 - season 2007/08 - the clubs
Here is an introduction to the clubs funded by the generous Dragon and run by the young entrepreneurs:
Albion Rovers - Chairman: NepentheZ
Paul "Warlock" Wallace - Club manager - this guy looks the best talent in the division and the best thing ever to come from Coatbridge. Can they hang onto him?
Media prediction: 9th
Arbroath - Chairman: ~Ian~
Matt Skiba - A big fan of Arborath smokies, he can spot a player, but not so much potential; lets hope he gets good backroom staff if he's to develop the club long term.
Media prediction: 1st
Berwick Rangers - Chairman: glennuk
Josh Crane - Has a lot of talent. With the chairman's backing could really do a job for the English team.
Media prediction: 3rd
Dumbarton - Chairman: Robbo3d
Nikon Jevtik - Named after a make of camera and looks like the weakest manager in the league. His team might struggle to fill their massive 20,000 stadium if hee doesn't impress.
Media prediction: 6th
East Stirling - Chairman: rlipscombe
Archie McFergus - Looks distinctly average. Will be hoping to do well though and avoiding the locals going back to watch the erstwhile biggest team in Falkirk, Falkirk, instead.
Media prediction: 7th
Elgin - Chairman: Arkitekt88
Carl Vasquez - Appears to be a better coach than manager, but has bags of potential. Might be one for the future. The media think so - predicted to finish bottom.
Media prediction: 10th
Forfar - Chairman: paulhartman71
James Hartson-Harris - Again this guy doesn't look the best, but might well improve in future. Not great at spotting players, which is a drawback for a team with no players.
Media prediction: 5th
Montrose - Chairman: 5ergio
Mengana - 2nd only to the Warlock in terms of managerial talent, should be able to bring in a good mix of established players and younsters.
Media prediction: 2nd
Stenhousemuir - Chairman: bermybhoy
Henke - The legendary Swede will be hoping to get the fans flocking from all over the Stenny and Larbert metropolis to watch his side. Looks a well above average talent.
Media prediction: 4th
Stranraer - Chairman: Walcott's Wonderkids
Brucie Bonus - This guy looks like he has a bit of talent. If it doesn't work out might find himself on the first ferry out of town.
Media prediction: 8th
So there we have it. At this stage, none of the teams have any players, so there's no point showing squads. It also means the bookies predictions are pretty arbitrary. The key this season is likely to be which teams can fill their squad with a decent standard of player.
How are they going to get on? Now you know how the clubs are set up and how good the managers are, let's have some predictions....