Red and White army
I must admit I am delighted to see the #WeCareDoYou campaign currently being waged by Arsenal fans.
I have no feelings on that particular club , but my respect for their fanbase grows with each action they undertake for their club of choice.
Twice now, they have struck out at their board ,, very publicly and wholeheartedly embraced by the majority of their support base.
Any and every footie fan should be delighted to see this.
Their owner / operators are slightly different that ours in that they have a few sports ventures in the portfolio ,, and now one in particular of those ventures is proving troublesome.
The Yankee bloke at the top of the chain may well be unused to this as I doubt he is getting much ‘why are we crap‘ questions from his other teams followers,,that doesn’t really happen here with only a single trophy up for grabs in most sports most go empty handed for long times. Many cities are just happy to have a major team playing in them to give a focal point and some tax when viewers empty their wallets.
Teams simply moving away happen also , perhaps another reason owners dont get that much stick here so as not to antagonize into skedaddling.
But still , twice now Stan Kroenke has been publicly taken to task by the Gunners followers.
16 prominent Arsenal websites and individuals , armed with a petition of over 100k signatures is quite a front to be faced with, I dont care who you are.
This very example of unity for a common cause is very commendable and must be taken onboard by other fan’s who find themselves at the end of their tether where their club is concerned.
Other owners or majority shareholders could well find themselves very interested onlookers as this could well be a trend setter for footie fans.
Uniting the websites and high profile fans to bring big pressure is the essence of fan power.
That very power should make me and you proud and smile, while simultaneously making men in boardrooms shiver.
Should this fan power show promise of actually forcing through changes the support deem crucial , then chances are others will eye up the same strategy with the aim of besting their boardroom.
Should this fan power actually work, it could just have the effect of keeping away those without any institutions best wishes at heart ,, for being called out in the media and by 100k as not fit for purpose could see some who thought it was an easy money think again ,, forgoing the potential hassle and subsequent black mark beside the name.
That would be fantastic news for every club.
How the 93 Celts for Change actually got organised without mobile phones is still a great mystery to me,, but its ten times easier now to be coordinated with modern technology.
Turning the world wide web to our advantage has been done now with the average rank and file fan under no impression whatsoever of who and which site publishes spin , and who are simply fans calling it straight.
Easy mass communication , and access to all information going instantly , are the new norm which spells good news for the average fan seeking to effect change.
So the keyboard warriors and internet bampots down in North London wearing red and white strips have just moved beyond those labels to united and mobilized. Hopefully for them they don’t have to become angry agitators but their owner actually listens to their concerns this time and helps make them the content customer that is much preferred in boardrooms across the globe. Brendan ( if attained ) may well sate some appetites and restore some pride but the fans want more than just a change of manager.
They want a changing of ways.
Lets watch closely how they go about their business of getting the fans back onside, and what ripples come from their huge pebbles . Lets especially watch what happens if this second warning is ignored, will they actually be able to entice the rank and file fan to vote with feet and wallet if needed ,, which is surely the next phase of their campaign ?
“We want clear acknowledgement that the board recognises the issues faced by the club, and how severe these are for the future of The Arsenal. As supporters we want actual communication and measurable assurances from the board that actions are in place to address this seemingly inexorable slide “
Asking for communication on bigger issues is especially galling considering who actually is the lifeblood of the club.
Measurable assurances is a lot easier to type than to actually deliver considering money cant cure all ails , good luck to them on that one.
“We raised previously the need for new and dynamic appointments at board level; people with Arsenal DNA are needed at this time more than ever. Sadly, the club’s reaction to this recommendation has been an unresponsive dismissal of it.”
Looking to your own is a natural reaction, and this seems to give fans reassurance. However as we ourselves know now, even with an ex supporters bus man and a Gael at the helm we still have huge issues and major disillusion.
I would recommend looking for the best track record and resume , not where anyone was born or their previous allegiances as an assessment of their suitability.
I never imagined I would watch Gooner’s leading the way in fan power , but with the most expensive tickets in the worlds biggest league , and getting handed down scraps and lip service when they expect action ,, well they might just go and show the entire game out there exactly what to do when in a quandary with the suits.
Proud of you all and you’ve made this wavering Tim give some well earned respect your way.
Go on the Arsenal fans ,, go on yourselves.
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