On a Wim FC
I honestly had this article and title in mind before the news of our Dutch legends passing. I’m happy about that fact.
He brought a smile to my face and millions more, how he pulled off that never to be forgotten season I’ll never know.
Somewhere in the archives is an article asking which manager was the best manager to have graced the field of play,,I opined John Barnes (one hell of a footballer who scored a most Brazilian goal against Brazil), most claimed Kenny, but with his two World Cup Finals perhaps we underrated the legend.
He’s gotta be in the conversation, that in itself speaks volumes.
Rest in Peace Wim the Tim.
Speaking of wims, it struck me that we are very much a club run on a whim.
That’s not good.
Yes things are exciting right now, but an analytical eye can tell we as a football club shall follow the course set by the man in charge at the time.
That’s not good at all.
Michael has surprised many, though after Peter that wasn’t going to take much doing,,cautious and frugal doesn’t excite fans. Spending smartly on exciting first team ready talents is much more the current trend. But yet this brings big questions.
I’ve mentioned before that our current model has really shown us how poor the previous one was. Michael was there, no idea if his footballing opinion was asked or aired but he was on the board.
He clearly would have done things differently than Peter, with all indications pointing to a much higher success rate when entering the market, and a high level of supporter excitement.
He was on the board when Peter told us a major rebuild wasn’t needed, not that much later he spearheaded the much needed rebuild.
Under his watch supporter relations are being rebuilt, we ourselves got an invite to the next. That’s at odds with the previous ‘regime’.
Bankier stayed the same throughout which is very telling.
It’s clear we don’t follow a model, we follow a man. And sometimes we take instructions from the majority shareholder.
It can be exciting, it can come together and work, but as a modern professional organization we are dysfunctional to the point it has harmed the core business (top tiers closed during Ronny’s last season) and still haven’t taken the adequate steps to rectify the situation.
This current rollercoaster is fun but with the correct appointments it needn’t end. A DoF could be looking for the next Ange, a new scouting network not reliant on the managers personal experience could be finding the next Kyogo, but there’s no signs yet we are thinking long-term.
Dermot is clearly hands-off, with a ‘run within budget-don’t bother me’ attitude.
That stance suits a rental property landlord, not the shot caller of a world famous football club.
What needs to be recognized is that nonchalance can actually damage the club, a clear path or direction is needed, not whichever face fits getting carte blanche.
The accountant got boring,
The lawyer currently exciting,
How will the doctor fare?
We need to move away from being run on a whim to being run according to a plan, but first that takes an order from above.
If ‘above’ has any actual vision for the club rather than tick over and don’t call we’ve yet to see them, while the boardrooms grows stale with folk who would run the club differently than each other so that rules them out.
Wim the Tim delivered us a dream title.
‘On a Whim’ FC don’t have an actual plan to deliver. Always the reactionary club. here and now is predominant in the boardroom’s thinking.
One of these days they might start laying down long term foundations but chances are one man shall again call the shots, and we are all at his mercy for better or worse.
Is the ‘you never know’ factor part of the sales pitch, and well laid plans would only get in the way of the drama so no thanks?
Wouldn’t surprise me.