The odious bully, goodbye
Ive been wrong many a time but Im starting to think thats the beginning of the end for one of the domestic games biggest (no pun intended) problems. Its eye rolling to see him in the Celts for Change documentary but finally, at last, all his meddling and devil deals seem to have caught up with him. What is the icing on the cake that it was all a self inflicted mistake, one of many.
Rumour has it as a mere hack he had the nerve to tell Charlie Green ‘ I can make you or break you ‘ which is incredible when you think about it. Millionaire businessman owner of the establishment club got threatened with ruin by local lowlife hack?
A proper journo would have forged a relationship.
Then Dodgy Dave hired him with the brief to “get ahead of the narrative“ expecting his contacts to come with the deal having worked on the floor among them most of his days. I didnt get his job description at the time but it was soon clear.
Get a text theres a negative of sorts story in the pipeline and next day start planting the preferred narrative.
Make the news rather than allow yourself to be a source of it.
And for the most part it worked a treat.
But the old saying you can fool some of the people etc comes into play here. The weekly scandal, that which is designed to take eyes off last weeks scandal and aimed at a target usually, can be laid at his door more often than not.
But as we are forever pointing out, while everything may and did fly in the past, these days things are different. With a phone, camera, and computer in your pocket at all times folk are just much more savvy. Its very hard to pull the wool over peoples eye’s when they are all reading and commenting in the one place and pulling up information on said subject in nano seconds not to mention theres often someone with specialist knowledge of the subject close at hand.
Its too hard to juggle everything correctly time after time, and so it has proven.
Last weeks Brakegate scandal (and Im going to start a chronological list) has now lead to TranslationGate and has dragged everyone and anyone into it. Where this ends nobody knows but its been one hell of a backfire on the odious one.
First his employer has had a change of leadership and he who hired him is gone. If this business truly is in financial dire straits then he has just handed them a perfect opportunity to trim the wage bill. They might also ask could he not have broadcast a ‘Im very unhappy‘ come and get me plea interview before the window closed or prior to it opening?
Theres the question of how far the fall out from this will go and will it either need a head on a plate or is the creator of the mess considered toxic all around now?
His job is done, the titles awarded, Dave heralded, Old Firm well and truly back.
Be easy enough to cast him aside.
BBC Scotland have their credibility in absolute tatters after clearly going out of their way to not make enemies of odious bully. They are in a quandary they will not envy being placed in as should they release Michael Stewart there will be an uproar from so many that it will reach desks in London and have uncomfortable questions asked. Having one who is clearly not on message will be equally uncomfortable for the national broadcaster.
As will having demands from the bully for action that they must ignore.
A rock and a hard place for them. Good.
Sky Sports. You know when they first launched and aimed to be the biggest and best they actually were quality for a while. Why and who changed that doesn’t matter as the damage is done,, they are a brand many most would chose to stay away from.
They obviously should have had their own interpreter check the transcript and have accepted the handed over brief. They have had their hands burned and now must face the music.
Seeing Scottish footie as cheap filler, they certainly wont want to lose anymore customers in an already flooded market they thought they once owned until kingdom come. This does them no favours whatsoever, will certainly see some folk walk, and will have tainted their relationship with the establishment club. And you know who.
Our own club of choice.
The attitude of the club towards the media has perplexed before and probably will again. Most feel they are bias and theres clear difference in the sets of questions the rival managers get asked plus how our club is reported.
But we have been stung into action by this incredible act of reporting our Clubs name without it even being mentioned, in an article slamming domestic fans.
We now have a ‘fishal statement from our board asking for an investigation into the interview.
In its very first line it mentions that the support have been accused of being racist and goes on to state our anti racism ethos.
I salute the Club on this. Its pressure on the bully from another angle.
And an acknowledgement that we are nowhere near guilty on this one and that its important that fact be known. For future signing targets alone its important to get this straight. In saying that one need only go to the stadium for a game and watch Odsonne get fawned over.
The racism smear is a stupid one and it will come back to bite.
The rags themselves.
They already dont like him after his public steering of their press conferences to the extent that he cancelled one after it had started. But they have common ground in that they both service that last remaining major demographic,, the light blues fans that routinely buys a paper every morning. As long as they have that an uneasy truce is in place as why rock the gravy boat.
They ran with the Celtic fan snipping the brakes trying to injure the rival striker without saying it, going for the sensational. No doubt the hack runs into his editor with the piece who asks for the veracity to be told “its from Jim”. And they run with it.
Hours later shown as pish and egg on face. Forced to run with actual story.
Will they think again when he calls with another far fetched exclusive next week?
Do and its print more pish,,equals death.
Dont and its war with the old blowdog who apparently has dirt on many but is toxic.
Rock and a hard place. Lovely Jubbly.
When one also considers the fake bids from China mentioning exotic names to look smart and then we all find out they have filled their foreigner quota, or maybe the Craig is this ok to publish email allied with the threats and bullying tactics, its clear what we have here is an individual who needs removed for the game to move on.
The media cannot or will not operate normally with this person in situ but deal with him because they must.
The governing bodies show no inclination to address his antics.
Our Club dont like him and nor do our fans.
All would accept that they must deal with The Rangers but will these latest events force their hand?
Could odious obnoxious have backed everyone into a corner where its more damaging to be seen coming down on his side in this case?
He could have played this one well, but everything about it has now backfired.
The queue of those burnt is long. It may well be the end of him. It would be delicious as it was self inflicted.
I hope we never see his likes again.
The above is by Mahe. If you fancy tinkling the keyboard and giving us a day off we will buy you a pint and the email is email@example.com