Friday, 30 January 2015

Who'd be an ex-Poppy Manager?

Marcus Law's decision to take the job at Chasetown has been greeted by the small but noisy Poppies faction ABBAMS (Anyone But Baillie And Machin Society) with much gnashing of teeth and rending of clothing.  Almost as though taking such a lowly job is proof positive that he should be our Manager and we would have won the League by now.

They cannot understand how Ritchie could possibly have missed out on a Manager, who despite a number of good qualities, has a CV that pretty much points to his tenure at Barwell as the high point.  He did ok with us, when our expectations weren't exactly high.  He is best remembered for working the loan system with his Midlands contacts very well.  Who hasn't bored distinctly uninterested family members by repeatedly pointing out that Bournemouth's top scorer is an ex-Poppy?  You know, when you're watching a re-run of the Football League show and counting all the ex-Poppies on show, and mentally assembling a Poppies All-Stars team? 

I'm conflicted as to whether I hope for Marcus is a success at Chasetown.  If he is a success, then the members of the PABBAMS (Provisional Anyone But Baillie And Machin Society), will sink even further into self-destructive demands of the instant, if not retroactive dismissal of those two gentlemen.  As it stands, they cannot contribute anything to a debate or forum beyond constantly demanding the sacking of the Management team. 

10 points clear?  F*ck 'em.  Sack 'em!  Playing a player out of position to get all our best players on the pitch?  F*ck 'em.  Sack 'em!  One of them is a bit overweight?  F*ck 'em.  Sack 'em!

The sight of Marcus doing well might well make them burst with indignation.

But even if he does badly no doubt the PRABBAMS (Provisional Real Anyone But Baillie And Machin Society) will insist he would have done better with us, and still demand that Ritchie get him back.  As awful as it may sound, far too many people believe their opinions actually count for something when expressed through social media.  Football isn't a democracy.  If you want to appoint a Manager, buy a Club and you get to appoint one!  Ritchie did, and did.

He who pays the piper...

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