Monday, August 01, 2011

ASBO free

Marvellous. Just sodding marvellous.

Less than two weeks to go before the start of the new season and we've just announced that ASBO can leave on a free transfer.

Now, we've hardly been his biggest fans, but equally, we'd both readily acknowledge that last season ASBO was one of our stand-out performers, and his competitive spirit and quality on the ball were both massive assets for the club.

Instead, we're now in a situation where the club is hammering on the self-destruct button again.

Fiscally, I'll hold my hands up and say that I think Jabba has a much better grasp on the finances that Fat Fred and Dirty Doug ever did. But controlling the purse strings is one thing - consistently undermining our first team by refusing to pay decent money to established players at the club, and instead seeking cheaper replacements is, however, an entirely different and completely ridiculous approach to club management.

Seriously, do you think he runs his sports stores by sacking the top perfoming salespeople at the end of each year?

Jabba once again demonstrating that he and Llambiarse can't string two decent decisions together. FFS.

You fat cockney bastard, get out of our club.

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Anonymous sean jesudasan said...

It's a sad sad year to be black and white.

5:28 pm  
Blogger Ben said...

Hmm. Excuse me for feeling somewhat conflicted over this. Not so long ago I would have been adamant that ASBO should have been sacked years ago (if we'd had any backbone or moral principles) and I'd still rather he'd never been bought, so it'd be hypocritical to bemoan and bewail this decision at too great a length. (And, yes, I appreciate that this stance probaby alienates me from the majority of Toon supporters - I've been reminded enough times by commenters to my posts on this site...)

However, as Paul says, there's no denying that he was instrumental in our survival and 12th place finish last year. Again it's not a footballing decision, or even a financial one (though refusing to offer him a better contract was) - it's a case of Jabba attempting to stamp out dissent with a jackboot. As with the sale of Kevin Nolan, the message seems clear: hint that all isn't rosy behind the scenes or threaten to upset the applecart and you'll be out on your arse, no matter who you are.

That Twitter ban really can't be far away.

7:03 pm  

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