PRESS RELEASE DATE 21st May 2015
WHOSE CLUB IS IT?
"What is a club in any case? Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it. It's not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes. It's the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city. It's a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father's hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love."
We've all read the great Sir Bobby Robson's views about what makes a football club. As an aside, what would we give to have Sir Bobby at the helm right now? I'll never tire of his great description of what it's all about. So where are we now as we approach the end of the season in the middle of a relegation battle that just shouldn't be anything to do with us? We've watched a run of defeats against Sunderland, a record number of consecutive league defeats, pathetic performances on the field week after week.
But more than that, off the pitch is there any light at the end of the tunnel? We have a hierarchy who run the club like a branch of Sports Direct, are happy as long as we finish in the top 17, believe mid table (we wish!) mediocrity is worth more than cup success and are happy to treat the club we love as a marketing and advertising tool for the owner's main business interest.
Is it any wonder that we've reached a tipping point and fans who have loyally supported the club for a lifetime are now refusing to go, cancelling season tickets and taking to the streets in support of boycotts and protests. Who would disagree with the banner at Leicester stating that we don't expect a team that wins everything, but we demand a team that tries? It's the whole philosophy and culture of the club that is wrong and that starts from the top.