The big goal
Thinking of our board right now one old saying keeps springing to mind. You can fool some of the people some of the time etc.
Bada Bing summed it up perfectly the other day when he said there’s one good thing has come from all this, that Peter has been totally exposed.
Friday seen the news Celtic Park has been barricaded off in scenes reminiscent of the Whitehouse,, a dying dictatorship railing against removal using the tools of power at their disposal.
Won’t be enough though.
Here the people have the Constitution, there the people have the clubs lifeblood by way of it’s season book money.
Both hold the necessary power to force change.
It’s widely acknowledged now that Neil and the footballing department are a symptom of the problems, not the cause.
We are woefully underprepared for what should be a momentous campaign.
We have a squad that will see much turnover thus need rebuilding.
We have a joke at the back undeserving to be called a defence that needs ripped up and started again.
There’s no scouting system to speak of, no full size indoor training pitch, parking problems on the horizon, stadium needs rejuvenated, and there’s many more issues.
That we are a well run club has been exposed as a sham, kept alive based on past glories (there have been some pat on the back moments for the board Im pleased to admit), by a circle of enabling friends who don’t admit mistakes, also by friendly media manipulation.
This has culminated in dodging some small shareholders demands to investigate an issue of governance that is much too close for comfort where some are concerned.
There’s been a lot of plates in the air for this PLC to keep catching and juggling again.
They had played the game so well, I had more or less given up hope of consequential events out with their control happening.
Not only did one plate drop, the whole bloody lot have came down with a crash.
It’s beyond my wildest expectations. I honestly expected a much staged managed affair this season, with an under pressure Lenny being relieved of duties around Feb or March. Then Peter to take ‘the fall’ for the boardroom and walk into the sunset.
We would be bombarded with nine out of ten is a world class result, how he turned down Arsenal for his boyhood club etc and as far Im concerned the game would be up.
With the lifting of the title the other mob would see the great British football and tax swindle come to a successful conclusion by avoiding paying what is owed plus continuing existence as the same club with prior honours.
Things didn’t go to plan up Parkhead way though.
What we are seeing was clearly not in the script. Seems to me the players downed tools with many in the support blaming Lenny, but Im thinking the boardroom might have been their target now. Either way it doesn’t matter, seems no one at all expected either this level of performance, or a collective downing of tools.
And it’s brought all the clubs underlying issues, which no doubt Peter wished to walk away from soon, to a head much sooner than expected but also with much more venom than they expected, or so I believe.
Where this goes next, and where it ends up only time will tell. That’s for another day. But right now there are huge lessons for the support as a collective to learn, and to be honest we must learn them or history will repeat itself which will get us all nowhere.
As a fanbase we have been easily split into factions, the classic example being mineshafter and happyclapper.
The percentage of disillusioned will have exploded recently but there can be no doubt now that some fans held deep misgivings regarding those at the top and their methods.
It is not the time to point fingers and apportion blame amongst the support, that is the very last thing that should happen here and now. We could spend forever arguing why we are where we are and who is actually responsible, but there’s no point as we are here and it must be dealt with.
It’s not the time for the blame game but like I say we simply must learn some lessons here.
With the newfound drive against those at the helm, there should be a change of mindset.
We should never again arrive at a given point and realise it’s not where we want to be,, we need a direction, investment and restructured when many thought us well run.
We should never again fall for the enablers of disingenuous regimes such as main stream media and beware our own outlets being turned into propaganda.
Perhaps most importantly, should a supporter speak up with a genuine concern, from now on it must become our duty to take that concern onboard individually and collectively. And if no answer had been found well at least the problem is out in the open to be faced up to, which is half the battle won sometimes, just look at what’s happening for a great example.
A Tim with a concern, no matter how well the team is doing, no matter how popular the individual(s) involved are to the support, no matter the persons supporting credentials, must not only be heard but listened to, and certainly never again classified into a grouping ie moaners, mineshafters etc. What we are seeing now should convince all to take others concerns very seriously.
When small issues are faced up to and eventually ended or changed it stops them becoming huge issues, too many of which will see folk at the barricades, moved to do so for a variety of reasons but with one central cause at heart.
We were far far to easy to divide, but aren’t conquered. A fragmented fanbase is now showing unity of purpose, but in the future we must fight against fragmenting and must find unity ourselves. With a common goal, time, and familiarity, trust will be fostered which makes finding unity much easier.
There’s room for us all in the support and there’s a cause worth fighting for.
A better club is the big goal.