Well, the past couple of days on this ‘blog have certainly been filled with some passion.= to say the least!
From the £35 million we have or haven’t spent, to the lies and truths that we have been fed over the past 12 months. It has divided opinion between us fans and there seems to be no end in sight to the debate. However after offering my own opinions and reading those of others, it has started me thinking about things from a slightly different angle.
There has been a lot of talk that we the fans have been lied to and mislead about the money from the Carroll transfer. There is real concern that the money is not being used to its full potential on strengthening the team and as a result the level of mistrust has left a huge stain on the faith some fans have in Mike Ashley, Derek Lambias and Alan Pardew.
If our owners and managers were to plead a case for some positives I think it would read something like this.
We have been working hard behind the scenes to secure new players and we had a great start to the window after securing Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux. We are working on two other deals that we are hoping to get over the line. We are spending the money wisely and strengthening the team as a result. We refused to offer Kevin Nolan a five-year contract as it was not beneficial to do so as he would only become another high paid bench-warmer in the years to come.
We are working on securing Jose Enrique on another deal although Barton’s contract negotiations are seemingly dead in the water. Money has been invested into our training facilities and we are still actively scouting young prospects for our reserve and youth teams. We are reducing our debt and setting us on a sound financial footing that should see us exist and prosper for many years to come.
There are numerous other things going on behind the scenes that I could list but I have to try and keep this article shortish and sweet.
So, the question I want to pose is. “What does the club actually owe you”?
Put yourself in their position. You are doing what you think is best for the club and still have fans baying for your blood. Maybe it’s a case of “you can’t please all of the people all of the time”
Taking the emotion out of the situation, ask yourself what you are owed as a fan. OK you have been lied to in the past but our much loved team plays every week during the season and the stadium is always open for business. When you really look at it, we don’t want for much other than success on the park.
Thanks to Aussie Magpie Fan for offering this up for debate. I’m sure it will prompt an interesting debate.