So Griff got booed.
Wouldn’t have been everyone there but it was clearly audible over the airwaves, the Tims booed one of their own team at home for off field affairs, and it caused some infighting I later learned.
He has gone from 40 goal hero to gtf zero in four seasons, quite a feat but easy if you’re a professional footballer these days.
He got further with us than Riordan, but many could stake that claim.
Money doesn’t change the man, it enables the man to fully display himself.
So can the football pitch.
With two world famous goals against the arch enemy of England, then a 40 goal season tucked under the belt,.the Thumb literally had the world under his thumb, and from that prime position of strength blew it.
I say blew it but who am I to judge? Perhaps the chap has achieved his life’s goals, and certainly has chosen the right profession money wise. He ‘conquered’ the domestic scene and has the forever YouTube goals to call upon on demand.
Not too shabby at all but he stands now a pariah.
It’s at this juncture I must point out a degree of hypocrisy on behalf of the support, at least on behalf of many.
Now, for the record, I would have booted him out the door, upon a third chance which is my creed,,and for all I know his third chance came years ago.
Some people just don’t get either ‘it’ or the bigger picture, are out for themselves, and you’ve got to balance what you get versus what you give as an employer.
He’s a problem employee, whose latest malarkey was just about legal so he’s still our footballer for the minute.
However the very act of booing a footballer for his transgressions clearly states you are held, on paper or not, to a moral standard. Leigh was judged to have failed that standard, and hence paid the price.
I think its fair to say most of that crowd booed, many here virtually booed, some stated they would have booed if attending,,a stance I happen to agree with.
But by the very act of booing Leigh ‘you’ were holding him to a moral code, saying we are more than a club, that when you pull on that jersey you are actually representing a people and a cause. That’s fine, and again I agree.
Player steps out of line,,,crosses deeply held standards,,,,he’s hounded and booed.
Board steps out of line,,, lies and deceit,,,,,,,I’m only here to watch the team.
Given the transgressions that caused the booing on the day were off field events nothing to do with the team,, those that are only going for the team had no business to boo as the team hadn’t been affected.
If theres any moral code surrounding our club of choice then every single person involved better be held to it equally and without fear.
And if holding others to a moral code then one is not simply going for the team, to merely be entertained for 90 minutes as the phrase implies.
I think there’s a large degree of cake and eat it from the support on this one.
Anyhows, he’s Ange’s problem now. He played it straight down the middle, sat right in the middle of the fence when quizzed, handed a player and considered him yadda yadda. But getting booed at home by your own crowd, now that’s something else altogether for him to consider, a game changer if you will.
Morale is on the line.
In this respect, I sympathize with the Aussie, just trying to make his way in a strange environment. This is the last thing he needed, but he will be judged upon his handling of the situation. It cannot under any circumstances become a detriment to the footballing department and if that decision costs the bottom line then so be it, that’s life in football.
If the crowd deliberately won’t raise themselves after a Griff goal, Houston we have a problem.
It could spook and hurt the players, and I admit it’s a very awkward place to potentially be.
The PLC and the manager need to think ahead in this one, be proactive for once rather than reactive, and block off potential avenues of division before they exist.
Make a decision now, ASAP, so everyone is crystal clear on where they stand.
At least that’s what a customer orientated organisation would do, gather it’s heads and find an answer to the Griff question.
Keeping Griff would once again show us the PLC have no morals that align with what the rank and file supporter believes the club stands for, and potentially hurt the team.
However it’s the more profitable decision.
Let’s see if this board opts for money or morals, place your bets below folks.