Pompey, Buddah and Jermain Defoe
So I recently went on holiday and was talking to a Sri Lankan Buddhist Monk (stay with me) – in the course of our discussion he asked me what was troubling me so I asked him what we should do when out of your control something you love has been damaged and he gave me the following advice – people like to feel in control, so they will inevitably focus on hounding, pursuing and blaming those who have broken whatever it is you hold dear – that was wasted energy, instead we’ve got to focus on what we can actually do to change.
Im not going to take this down the obvious road. I want to blame someone, the problem is, I cant find who to blame.
Peter Storrie? He was just doing his job, he was well paid, but it was never his money he was just working towards a budget
‘Arry Redknapp? As ive written before, without ‘arry we would have been even more screwed – without his successful (largely) transfer policy we would have been even further up the creek
Lampitt? See Peter Storrie
Ben Tal Haim? Or anyone of a number of other well-paid players? Hell no, they were given contracts signed them and worked as hard as they could.
The fans? Should we have stood up and tried to stop the spending? Should we have campaigned against various owners?
Fahim? Deluded, no doubt, some money, sure – he shouldnt have taken the club over, but someone, the previous owners, the league should have checked him out.
Gaydamark? Well yes he withdrew his money without making the club sustainable – that was a real pain in the nuts.
Faraj? Its really difficult to pinpoint any blame on Faraj because he may or may not actually exist.
Antanov? Well things were actually going ok until he went and got arrested.
I think the problem to an extent with the Pompey crisis is that we never had a focus on who to blame. It made it difficult to campaign against, chant against. There is no Mike Ashley, there is no Glazier (although isnt it interesting that the fans seemed to have stopped complaining about those owners now success seems to have returned). In fact the only person who I feel really united the fans ire, is Jermain Defoe, not really sure why!
We havent mentioned Chanrai yet. Well here is where I get controversial. I dont blame him at all. He was a businessman, someone asked him to lend them money, he thought he could make some money out of it so took over the club – now he is attempting to recoup his money, why do we blame him?
And this is the seed of it. Football is an absolute clash, on the one hand fans, loyal, mostly from the lower earning sectors of society, who have little understanding of international finance, and the business world. On the other hand international moneymen, simply attempting to make cash – the clash is inevitable and Pompey fans now have a choice, do they hope that Chanrai can cobble together a rescue plan and then sell us to some other money man, or do we take control, avoid the clash and try to build for the future. The choice seems obvious to me, now we just need to figure out the method, the monk gave me no advice on that.