You could say that it’s been a fun week to be a Dundee United fan.
Of course, whether you agree with that depends on your defining fun as witnessing civil war breaking out among the different factions of supporters, defamatory blogs being published and then rightfully retracted and accusations flying all over the place.
The reasons for Dundee United’s slump have been written about time and time again. The facts are that we’ve run at a loss for a long time and in spite of selling players for relatively lucrative fees, we’ve wasted a lot of that on failed management teams and dreadful recruitment. We’re now at the point where we’ve been relegated and are trying to claw our way back up on a reduced budget while the chairman – who admits he’s made mistakes – is open to offers to offload the club.
Everyone knows this and everyone has had their say on it. We all want change. Unfortunately for as long as Stephen Thompson remains at the club they want to have their say on it over and over again.
But it’s boring. It’s just going round in circles to the point where most of us have switched off.
I’ve lost count of the amount of fellow Arabs who have told me they’ve had enough of it.
So I thought I’d jot down a few questions that we can all ask ourselves – about the state we are in and what might happen in the future – and maybe it will curb some of the blind rage that’s going about.
Question 1: Do you feel that the constant negativity and abuse directed at the club and those in charge of it…
- Encourages potential new investors to come forward
- Discourages them because they might think if they fall out of favour they’d be the subject of abuse and a lack or privacy
- Makes no difference one way or the other
Question 2: The received wisdom surrounding the club’s finances from those who claim to be in the know is that the club has very little in the way of cash-flow. If we assume that to be the case, do you think the best way to solve this problem is to…
- Sell a player who is far from a first choice pick in our weakest area of the squad for money similar to what Dundee received for their top scorer and then potentially use some of that cash to strengthen.
- Keep Harry Souttar and sign more players with money that we’ve just accepted is not there?
Question 3: Do you think it’s reasonable to be angry at the club for both operating at such a damaging loss and then not adding to that problem by spending even more money?
Question 4: What do you think the role of a football chairman is?
- To run the club in a financially sensible way and potentially perform less effectively in the league.
- Throw all his or her own money at it and hope for the best.
Question 5: If your answer to Question 4 was Option 2, would you think the same thing if it was your money?
- Yes (but really, no)
Question 6: Do you agree with the statement “The sort of person rich and savvy enough to have the sort of money to be able to buy Dundee United is probably too rich and savvy to want to throw their money away owning a football club”
- No; what about Eddie Thompson?
Question 7: If your ideal candidate for a new chairman is an Eddie Thompson type who – and let’s not forget how much debt he got the club into trying to achieve this – will happily throw his personal fortune at the club in the hope of buying success, don’t you think he or she would have tried to buy the club already?
Question 8: Do you think that it’s healthy to get so angry about the running of a football club?
Question 9: From the point of view of a fan, did Dundee United being relegated have any effect on your day to day life?
Question 10: Really?
- Absolutely, my life has been turned upside down.
Question 11: Have you read all these questions and come to the conclusion that I must be some kind of Stephen Thompson apologist/stooge?
- No, I think you’ve raised some reasonable issues.
- Yes, you’re a prick and your blog is pish. Why don’t you stick to watching Dr Who you shitebag.
If you chose Option 2, then I guess you can resume sharpening your pitchforks…