Archive for September, 2009

Calling critical fans ‘despicable’ really is pathetic

Those City fans who remember the fag end of the Terry Dolan era will recall the ‘Martin Fish, Accountant’ song, directed at the hapless chairman who presided over such a depressing period of the club’s history.

So it was with interest that a rewritten version pinged into my SMS inbox, which goes as follows:

“Duffen’s a media mogul, he wears a mogul’s hat
He cooks the books at City, he is a lying ****
The club is nearly bankrupt, won 2 in 33
But Duffen says ‘it’s not my fault, just blame the fans not me’.”

You can view this merely as a fairly amusing pastiche – well I guffawed anyway. But you could draw parallels between the blind loyalty shown by Fish to Dolan and the current cosiness between Duffen to Brown.

For tonight Duffen has called any City fans who want Brown to be sacked ‘pathetic’ and ‘despicable’.

Now I’m torn between both Brown arguments: Most successful manager ever who deserves more time Vs presiding over a Derby-esque run with no end in sight. Some friends are virulently in the Brown Out camp; most veer between both points of view.

But all accept that it’s fair to criticise someone who has consistently failed for nearly 12 months.

Unfortunately, Duffen doesn’t agree, demanding blind loyalty.

To label Brown’s critics ‘despicable’, many of whom have been watching City home and away for decades before Duffen even knew we existed, will only intensify the rift between the management and the fans.

Another own goal.


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Which out-of-contract player Hull City should sign

After the signing of strapping free transfer Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Phil Brown was quoted as saying he’s considering one or two other unattached players. But who should we go for?

We don’t need another forward now. We have enough ‘big man’ strikers (Altidore, Vennegoor of Hesselink, Fagan, Folan) and the little fellas to play off him (Ghilas, Geovanni, Barmby). There’s enough flexibility to pair up two of the hulks with one of the ball players dropping into midfield.

If swine flu ruled those seven out, we could card Featherstone and Garcia up top with Cousin stepping up to bench-warming duties.

Midfield is a weak point, though. Dietmar Hamman may be worth a look to check if he can plug the gap left by Ashbee’s injury. Boateng tries and succeeds sometimes; Marney and Olofinjana are not that type of player.

The right side of midfield also looks sketchy. Ghilas and Fagan can play there but neither are wingers. Former Everton player Andy van der Meijde is available and will presumably have dinked a few balls in for Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink in matches for The Netherlands over the years.

If we need full-back cover then Lauren and Lucas Neill are still without clubs. However, my own top tip, for what it’s worth, would be Michael Ball, released by Manchester City this summer.

He’s still only 29 and plays primarily at left-back but also in the middle. Most importantly he’s a nasty bastard and was vice-captain at Middle Eastlands last season, so he could give us the leadership that’s lacking without Ash in there.

He also has international experience – he possesses one more England cap than Michael Turner ever will and he represented Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1992, finishing second.

Finally, he ticks the most important box in the checklist for Hull City signings – he’s had some long-term knee injuries during his career.

What’s not to love about all that?

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