By ………..Don McMahon
Following recent comical attempts by a few hundred plastic fanboys (mostly kids) to agitate for an alternate reality at AFC, it became apparent to most true Gooners that change for the sake of Russian Roulette style improvements is comical at best and tragically shortsighted at worst!
These fickle fairweather, moaning plastic fanboys want to see the back of Wenger, the Board, Gazidis and half the team and AFC spending vast amounts of cash, in the dubious presumption that changing the aforementioned elements will magically improve AFC’s results.
Wenger will eventually retire, hopefully after another contract is signed, but if not, he will ensure that his replacement is there for the long term and that the transition is smooth and positive
While agitation for change is not necessarily bad, we need to appreciate that change guarantees nothing, other than the unknown and far too often, the unwanted and usually the unanticipated.
Ask Chelsea, United, Spuds, and Liverpool about revolving door manager bingo.
Tony and Walter have ceaselessly proven that big name transfers don’t necessarily bring success, either immediate or medium term and that most managerial changes lead to more managerial changes. They have shown that, regardless of who our new manager would be, or new superstars bought at exorbitant prices would promise, the PIGMOB would even out the pitch in order to ensure that Arsenal fail to achieve their full potential. One penalty for Arsenal in 6 months says it all!
However, IF (and that is a gigantic supposition unsupported by any evidence) there was a consensus and unanimity among Goonerdom about changes needed, then the challenge would be to prepare a strategy and a campaign to be heard and get results.
The real problem is that the booboys and aaa are not going about it the right way, since they only know the classless sniping from the shadows that is their trademark! They insult Wenger and the team in public, at a home game, and what does it get them? Disdain from true supporters, egg on their collective snouts from the fairweather media and derision from the pundits and knowledgeable aficionados of the game.
The best way to sensitize the Club to the need for change is to make a strong, well-reasoned, fact supported case, then present it to the board and owner, backed by a collective fanbase large enough for them to have to pay attention to it. NONE of this has happened because the above criteria are anathema to the aaa booboys, these moaners are not particularly action-oriented (as proven by events recently), nor are they willing to stand up and be counted, they prefer the anonymity of cyberspace to vent their wrath on the incestuous sewer that Walter referred to in his review of how a commentary he sent to a website was then changed by the editors.
When we had 100k signatures against Dean being allowed to do another AFC game, it was ignored by all and sundry, including the Club*, as far as I can determine! What will a few hundred idiots holding up moronic cue cards at a home game accomplish if 100,000 people are totally ignored by all and sundry?
AFC like any other commercial sporting enterprise is sensitive only to one thing, loss of serious revenue. IF they played to a few empty stadiums, you can bet your bottom dollar that they’d do something….but what their reaction would be is beyond my ken. Maybe they’d sack Wenger, Gazidis and half the team BUT that is not likely for three incontestable reasons;
- Kroenke wouldn’t accept or let them make wholesale changes, it isn’t his style!
- The Board know that such changes could drive AFC into a vicious circle of new managers, lowered interest from potential transfers, loss of cohesion in the team, despair in the youth ranks, lowered moral overall, the likely risk of more fanbase disenchantment if things don’t improve, subsequent potential loss of ad revenue,etc.
- Arsenal’s Board are relatively conservative and prefer keeping it simple. Grand gestures that sweep all asunder are NOT their style either.
What hope do any of us have for being listened to by the powers that be?
- The stuffed suits at the FA still fawn over FIFA like moonstruck adolescents enthralled by their pop idols.
- FIFA have simply switched lightbulbs and Uefa seem powerless to even manage their European commitments.
- The PIGMOB have remained in the shadows, bribing their retiring officials to keep their mouths shut, refusing to face reality and pretending that the Titanic is totally seaworthy as the waves wash over the bridge.
- The EU is interested but unappreciative of the corruption of football,
- The British government regularly fails to question what is transpiring in Football despite mounting evidence of corruption, manipulation of match results and even drug abuse.
- The players are happy to bank their millions and just get about doing their thing, unwilling to rock the boat.
- The national fanbase is content to hate their rivals, mock the officials, moan about how expensive tickets are, find the catering abysmal BUT still attend football matches in record numbers.
There is a definite sense of ennui and helplessness pervading the Game worldwide and lovers of the Game are despairing of any of these aberrations ever being addressed. Who can blame them?
*I try to be as light as I can on editing articles from people who kindly take the time to write pieces for Untold, and I don’t want to interfere with their work, but I’m adding this footnote as I am not sure it is absolutely right that the 100,000 signing of the petition had no effect. Of course when it started, the petition was sniggered at by the powers that be, but as the number grew I sensed behind the scenes that conversations were happening and there was a little uncomfortable shuffling in seats. Yes it is true, nothing happened as a result, but I think were are in a situation in which each issue edges some people (people with far more power than those of us writing a blog), to ask one or two more questions, and probe a little further. The powers that be expected 5,000 maybe 10,000 people to sign and I think a few people in significant positions were actually bemused that 100,000 was achieved. Of course I would like the change to go much more rapidly, but I wouldn’t write off that 100,000 signature campaign – nor indeed our reporting on the workings of PGMO and its employees. Tony Attwood, publisher.
Honouring the 28 Originals.
On this day in 1893 Royal Arsenal formally became Woolwich Arsenal, in order to meet League regulations over club structure (see more in the anniversary files). To commemorate this day the Arsenal History Society’s review of every player who played in Arsenal’s first league season, has been concluded today. A huge array of new facts have been revealed is currently developing a series on every Arsenal player who played for the club’s first team in a league match in the 1893/4 season. In many ways we’ve re-written a year in Arsenal’s history!
You can read the full index to the articles celebrating the start of Woolwich Arsenal on the Arsenal History Society Web Site