Dear Readers and Subscribers,
It has been some time since our last edition of Leopold Method print edition. There have been various reasons and issues that, in truth, have plagued us from our inception. I concede it is something I have never been able to rectify.
As a result, the following decisions have been made:
- The next issue of Leopold Method print edition will be released in October 2017. Trying to produce a quarterly publication was a step too far. As a result Leopold Method print edition will now become a larger annual book rather than a journal format (FYI – we now have a new designer, printer and distributor. This was something I had to replace some months back).
- All subscribers will be reimbursed the balance of their subscription. Due to the number of subscribers, and manual process, we be conducting these refunds progressively from 12 December 2016 until 31 March 2017. These subscribers will be sent an email with their balance and preferred method to receive the refund.
- From today we will not be taking on anymore subscriptions. Also, there will be no reprints of Issues 1-3.
We are also going to take a break from producing online content in the interim. The main core of Leopold Method team has been made up of younger people who were developing themselves for careers in football and media. Some of our people now work in A-League clubs and others in mainstream media. Others got book deals. I don’t wish to lay claim for any of their achievements, but just wanted to say that I’m proud of each and every one of them.
This annual event of losing talent from a small core team, along with my increasing work commitments, has always created headaches. However, this season it came to a head. For online, it’s not a sustainable model trying to continually find new talent, particularly in the specialised area of match analysis. Moving to an annual edition might be a sensible decision for many reasons. It will allow our core team to focus on progressing in their careers while still producing a quality print product.
After the balance of subscriptions are reimbursed, I will be taking a step back from the day-to-day of Leopold Method. All throughout our existence, I have worked in a non-related industry to football and have always tried to (mainly unsuccessfully) manage the competing interests. My current role requires me to work long hours and travel; something that is not conducive with trying to run a publication, which has resulted in causing most of the issues here.
However, I will continue to provide the financial support for the publication. For Leopold Method to continue through its next phase it needs a new figurehead. Someone with the time and energy to make it work.
If you have any questions about all of this, please feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org.