Breadman wrote:I don't think anyone would have a problem if Gartside, Invisible Eddie and Freedman held a press conference and said:
"Look....we're fucked. We've no money and the debt's spiralling, so we need to make some big changes otherwise we're going bust. Yes, it's THAT bad folks."
"Forget promotion and we might actually go down if we're not careful, so bear with us. We're getting rid of all the big earners because we can no longer afford to pay them, so as their contracts expire, we'll be moving 'em out."
"From here on in, it's all going to be about youth players and loanees (who we won't be trying to sign permanently because we've no cash), so don't expect anything miraculous to happen.
There will be some wins but equally, there will be some losses."
"It will take time, but eventually we will have the club back on an even footing and then we can start thinking about the future."
But they won't.
Freedman will still spout his shite after games, Gartside will carry on sitting in his plush office, phoning his other Chairmen mates to talk about how important and clever they are and as for Eddie....well, I think he lives in a box of soil on the Isle of Man and only comes out at night.
We could cope with low expectation if the people at the club stopped treating us like kids and actually told us the truth for a change.
And we might just start respecting them a bit more....
I think this is the crux of the matter Breadman - you've hit the nail on the head IMO.
All those messages are exactly what should be said - because I think it sums up the situation we're in. However, I only came to that conclusion by reading between the lines and watching what was said and done - nobody has come out and said it so concisely.
However, there are dangers in being so honest:
* it would completely undermine the current player's confidence if the manager said they're just there to make up the numbers. The manager has a responsibility to keep morale up.
* it would undermine any negotiating position we have in the transfer market. When we try to buy or loan players, other clubs would know exactly where we are at and would have the upper hand from the start.
So the club's hands are tied. They might THINK it, they may even talk about it openly amongst themselves and everyone else may actually know it - but they can't come out and say it publicly.
All they can do is play the media game. Which is why you shouldn't read so much into the statements and press releases that come out of the club.