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.