Wrong time to play Chicken
Thats just a taste of how fans felt over the performances this season.
But of course they dont tend to see their opinions scattered all over the front and back pages, echoed by celebrity fans and former players.
As soon as a tiny percentage of fans turn from armchair protestor to a loud unhappy visual presence though the above gets yelled by every outlet and high profile person with skin in the game, almost as if co-ordinated and co-incidental.
Operation Deflect had a very easy target, yes, and of course we don’t want to see ugly scenes, but you won’t find me criticising those who felt forced to gather and be heard on Sunday night.
It should never have come to that.
But with the deflection yesterday came another allegation, that those scenes would compel our majority shareholder to dig in as he is not the type of man to submit to others yelling at him what to do.
He might be stubborn indeed, probably is actually, but playing chicken with the fans now? Doubling down on Lenny saying what are you going to do?
Wont happen. I will tell you why it cant happen.
It interferes with the money, and that is something sacrosanct.
Should Dermot have the stupidity to stand his ground on this one, and give the support essentially a big ‘eff you’ he would receive quite a big one back I believe.
Full take up of VST’s this season allied with purchasing the full array of the impressive Adidas apparel seen most fans spend about a grand on the club. That would be par for the course for many a Tim, but when one considers there was little chance of attendance, it became in essence a helping hand to the club to show solidarity in this midst of unprecedented times.
What they did should not be forgotten, deserves to be remembered and applauded.
But that feeling has changed, it’s not there now. To assume the same take up again would be supreme folly.
And should the fan base be antagonized, you can definitely kiss most of those VST sales goodbye.
Lenny remaining in situ further stops becoming an option as it must be realised the next defeat will see thousands not hundreds hit Parkhead and no legislation about illegal gatherings will stop the support, infact it will inflame them should Plod attempt to go down that route, again putting the moolah more at risk through ill will. The next protest after that larger, and the chain will continue until there is affirmative action. Sticking with what we have for now is in no way an option. The players arent playing for him, which means likely defeat which means protest after every game until change is made.
It simply must happen. Dermot might want to stick one to the support, but someone somewhere will have pointed out this fact to him. When the money is on the line, and it is judging many media posts, then you bow to customer demands or face a boycott.
That boycott would be unthinkable if attendance was as normal, but just now conditions are ripe for a withholding of funds by many of the supporters.
The others on the board would be severely affected also, they must be pointing this out?
I expect next year’s VST sales to be the deciding factor in whether to stick with Lenny or whether to bring in a new setup, even if that new setup is temporary.
Getting in fans good graces now, showing a degree of understanding when its absolutely necessary, is vital to future revenue streams.
To keep the money rolling in, change must happen and soon.
If not we are watching one of the most expensive games of chicken I ever seen.