Jock left us Billy.
Billy left us Choccy.
Tommy left us Jackie.
Dr. Jo left us Lubo.
Wim left us Henke.
John left us Stilian.
Martin left us Bobo.
Gordon left us Scott.
And then Kris was Ronnie’s legacy player.
As finds go, he’s up there. Couple hundred grand development fee was turned into four and a bit years of service followed by one of our highest ever fees paid, fantastic business no matter what way you look at it. I could automatically state a few Ajers in that price group who gave more to the club in terms of goals and charisma, but the sizable return makes him almost the stereotypical kissed frog who turned into a prince, our board’s dream come true.
All boards’ dreams come true in fairness.
I never rated Mr. Deila much, with a middle of Brown and Bitton there wasn’t going to much entertainment value, but the funds incoming for his bargain find couldn’t be more welcome. It’s frustrating we refused to close the deal for another until the contract was signed, surely we knew he was going so could release a portion of the funds in anticipation, but the player he just ‘bought’ and shall be replaced by looks like an upgrade, and that’s only a third of the fee spent.
It’s fair to say Kris could fund three quality players in total delivering the spine of the new look side for years to come,,vital players to Ange and that team.
Has a manager ever delivered a better future nestegg?
Moussa may have brought in a bit more wedge but Kris delivered double the league titles than him, he wins that battle in these eyes.
Aiden and Kieran were sold for more but can’t be filed under any particular managers budget having already been at the club.
Kris is now our benchmark.
Young players from fringe countries can once again see a visible pathway from Scottish giant to English league which can only help our cause, even if we hate our stepping stone label.
Ronnie Deila, thanks a million for the unexpected and now long lasting legacy.
I say long lasting but the reality is Ronnie’s legacy may be felt for around a decade, which is nothing compared to some legacies, why it was this very week we laid to rest a fellow who was part of a legacy that will never die.
There’s two Lions pictures on my wall, one of the starting eleven and Jock which is signed on the back. But across the way sits the fifteen man squad with McBride, O’Neill, Hughes and Gallagher alongside those famous starters.
I had never met the man, knew precious little about him if anything, yet here hangs his picture on a California wall, hung by a man not even from his native land, that collection of men as always a source of immense pride despite the passing of time.
I wonder did Charlie have any inkling his picture would be hung across the globe?
Do his children realize that grown men admire their fathers image and deeds everywhere?
Call me old fashioned but when strangers are hanging up your image to celebrate your achievement, you’ve lived a life less ordinary.
Those who gave us that star above the crest are immortal, it’s that simple.
The challenge for every man and woman employed by the club in any capacity is to make an imprint for the better, to progress the operation in their own way.
This week saw two very different men from different times leave the club their own legacy, just as Ange, Furuhashi, and Starfelt begin the building of theirs.
The cycle continues, as always.
All we can do is offer the platform, it’s up to the man himself what he leaves behind.
Rest in Peace Charlie, You’ll Never Walk Alone,