(12-02-2017 03:45 PM)davytoon Wrote: We were a massive club many years ago but now not much than a pub team in the way we are run and portrayed by the media (something we don't do ourselves any favours in) The only thing big about us are our crowds and that's where it stops.
A lot of clubs have moved on massively in the last ten years and developed into well run,slick professional clubs and are established premier league clubs with a structure made to ensure as far as they can that they remain so.
Other clubs have not invested the sky tv money wisely and as a consequence have failed to take advantage of something that was put on a plate for them and chose the Mike Bassett England Manager approach.
In our case we most definitely fall into the second category and did not learn anything from relegation and near relegations in recent years, The only saving grace is that we have been lucky enough to have squads that are somewhere between premier leagu class and pub team( ie championship class) and so look like bouncing back again and so the will begin the next part of the cycle. One day the gamble of lack of investment will not pay off and we will not bounce back and will spiral into oblivion with massive debt and a stadium that will hav 2/3 mothballed to save money.
That is the main reason I do not go now and don't get particularly upset if we lose or particularly happy if we win. It is my opinion that we along with many other clubs are now completely pointless and irrelevant as football clubs which is a sad state of affairs but something which is killing the game as a spectacle in this country.
There is quite simply little or no pleasure to be gained for me and many others in watching this and yesterdays game was a great example of how terrible football has become outside about 12 or so teams throughout Europe (don't know enough about other continents).
I Rafa has any sense at all he will get out of this at the earliest opportunity. It is painful to see a great manager reduced to this.
As if Monday mornings weren't bad enough.
We all know the picture here and none of us are fooled by it.
Our owner is in this purely for the money.
But there are still 50 odd thousand of us going along and enjoying our days out.
There are still thousands of us going away week after week to support the team and see it through to promotion (hopefully)
We aren't thick. We ALL know the score.
But guess what, we are enjoying a season of football for the first time in years.
Its not always pretty, but how can you not be happy to be top of the league and winning games regularly?
It really gets to the point where some are only happy to celebrate failure as some sort of "I told you so" success.
People have left this forum in the past because of the doom and gloom. A lot of which was merited at the time.
It's not at the minute so I'm beginning to see their point.
As for Wolves, very much like Leeds.
Do any of these pundits remember their all too recent stint in the 3rd tier?
Something we have never done.
Are we a big club?
Maybe, maybe not.
Are we bigger than Wolves? Stupid question. Of course we are.
As someone suggested on Saturday night, he was seen leaving the ground in tears wearing his half Wolves half Mackem top.