The New Breed
Hello everyone, my name’s Mahe and I’ve been a new breed of fan for about five or six years now.
I guess I felt it was best to lay out my tale so that others can see the signs, and if they want may choose another path.
I can’t remember the exact moment it happened to be honest. I do recall after Seville waiting for the reinforcements to secure that top tier level, and I recall the extreme let down at being told slow lane with the main reinforcement being Momo Sylla.
The sleeping giant awakened yet our board opted to put the genie back in the bottle?
I guess the seeds of my new breedishness were sown around those times.
Yes, I was raised correctly and taught to respect my elders, and serving businessmen and women was paying
the bills back then, but I couldn’t help feel disappointed in those calling the shots. Many felt we had peaked and the team should be broken up, I thought we were a couple tweaks away from continuing to be something special, then some smart negotiations away from staying there.
I guess that was the new breed in me coming to the fore.
Wee Gordon dropped the wage bill while overachieving, and giving us some unforgettable memories, but when the wage bill was around base level I wanted us to embark upon a strategy, for instance grow, blood, and sell our own with the majority funds plowed back into the business, always lifting the standards under a Director of Football.
This new breed wanted a plan, instead I seen egos take control and play football manager for real.
New Breed all over the world started questioning on boards, blogs, radios, but were told to respect their elders who were doing a great job!
That was about a decade ago. Since then our sporting rival spectacularly self imploded, the guy who was playing Football Manager in real life continued until we had very little to trade then decided to leave, and the footballing department is in pieces due to this so called strategy.
The main difference is that now it’s not my fellow fans that call me a new breed, as a matter fact most comments I read align with my own. It’s now my teams management that refer to US as a new breed.
I get that’s the crux of the problem, the reason I’m here looking for answers. You see these guys dont want me to question them, dont want to answer little me, ask questions of me rather than willingly provide answers.
They still feel the old non questioning ways apply, that being my elders they are there to be respected, not asked for answers to issues they deem are deem are much beyond my station.
But that’s the thing, that’s where we differ. Yes my station in life may not have been as prominent or as well compensated, but have I ever let millions down? No.
Frittered away a fortune mine or not? No.
Ever been synonymous with a historic collapse? No.
Considered myself beyond reproach from those ultimately paying the wages? Certainly not.
We agree though, there is a new breed of fan.
Ones who dont automatically respect elders or authority not because of how they were raised, but because that trust granted was taken for granted time after time by organisation after organisation until it because incumbent to withdraw automatic trust and respect, doling it out only when earned, if earned.
Ones who aren’t happy to simply accept what they are given.
Ones who want actual answers when things go wrong.
Is the modern fan different than yesteryears? Undoubtedly, however tomorrow’s fan will be different again than today’s. It’s an evolving art, supporting your team, whether vuvuzelas or the Mexican wave, or simply standing and roaring your team forward as we tend to do.
So why are we the new breed, if theres a continuous new breed of fans?
Yes we are internet savvy, but why the disrespect of being labelled anything other than a Celtic fan?
I doubt Neil invented the phrase himself, perhaps it’s used around the building by many, but it displays a sorry mindset.
It displays a terrible ignorance of the modern fan, who they really are these days. Most are educated professionals, I dare say much more educated than our ex manager who would have been concentrating on his forte from an early age. Many have reached prominent positions, positions previously thought beyond their station.
Many being older have also watched more football than Neil, who seems to assume being involved in the game bestows more knowledge of the game.
The new breed deserve respect not contempt, for just like the manager they aspired and achieved. Despite the national sports shenanigans they are still around, that shows they care deeply.
When one of them wrote to Brendan outlining some player data he noticed, the lad got hired, not scorned.
Big big difference in how the two view the modern supporter, despite the fact they aren’t that far apart in age and grew up within an hour of each other.
One is a winning machine, one is a whining machine, yet Neil still thinks his methods are fine.
In being labelled a new breed Neil seems to imply any critique or scrutiny is unwarranted, yet thats not what the evidence shows. The biggest season since the centenary year was the failure of all failures that can never be erased from the history books, yet the support get almost sneered at, a new nickname rather than the ten.
A modern facing, forward looking club would actually be full of employees composed of and delighted to interact with the new breed of supporter,, our clubs mentality regarding them shows the need for a total rethink.
If the old breed were as great as they claim and think, the new breed wouldnt be here or needed, or be considered enough of a threat to be publicly denigrated.
They can invent names, bury the head in the sand, claim we are noise, but at the end of the day actions speak louder than words, and the proof is in the pudding.
When these wise sages of football preside over another farce of a European qualifying campaign again, stumble around the transfer market squandering precious resources again, and watch our rival romp home again reaping the big spoils, will they still call us a new breed for complaining or eventually admit we have a point?
My moneys on the former.