As Spurs supporters, we find it difficult to understand the consequences of bad management. Our club is managed like clockwork and is consistent year after year after year (x22). Lilywhite House runs our beloved Spurs like a well-greased machine, and believe us, we are well greased.
Consequently, we know quite a bit about greasy management, lubrication of pockets and industrial level exploitation. This is strange because we are a London team, our support are Londoners, in the main, and we are southern softies therefore we should not know about anything industrial. That knowledge is the province of Northerners.
The industrial north is where grime and muck cling to the streets of Yorkshire and Lancashire and the locals speak with weird accents only they understand. This is, of course, the divide and rule mentality of history and such ideas should really be binned there, permanently.
Living closer to the North Pole should not be a cause for the treatment of people as second class, inferior or not even worthy of consideration. Politically, this conceptualization of the dominance of the south has been a blight on the country for the last two hundred years.
Make no mistake about this, keeping the north under-developed in terms of the national infrastructure and development planning holds back the national economy not just the regional one. So, in the constant refrain in these particular blogs, what has this got to do with football and why should Spurs fans even be interested?
There can be no surprise that the management of the F.A. added to the management of our railway network has to be a combination which would produce a stinking, fetid bog of an outcome. Who could have predicted that the F.A. Cup later stages might possibly involve Manchester City and Liverpool? Certainly not the planning department of the F.A. Cup management team!
Then we have the utter Juan Carlos’s (this being a Spanish name which is often abbreviated in friendly speech to Juan Car pronounced Wan Car) who inhabit the management at our rail network. They sat there years ago with a planning map on the wall and asked the question: “When exactly is the best moment to paralyze the train network between Manchester, Liverpool and London with engineering works?”
The answer stood out a mile; let’s do this when the F.A. Cup is in its final rounds. Perfect, doesn’t interfere with Wimbledon and we won’t miss the the Puccini season at Covent Garden.
On top of this monumentally foolish and arrogant decision, they felt safe in knowing that the F.A., having been informed in advance, would see no issues with this sabotage of football fans’ lives. Let them fly down, Bryan Air will deliver them to Luton for a fiver each way, rising to two hundred and fifty quid once the charges for wearing a replica football shirt are added, no problem.
They can drive or their clubs can organise coaches; it doesn’t matter if the motorway is clogged up like a curry house toilet because we can get the tube round to Wembley to sit in our F.A. and Network Rail boxes. Anyway, they’re northerners, they are used to struggling and making do with the rough end of the stick.
Again, why does this even matter to football fans and why should this be an issue on a Spurs blog?
Well let’s start with that first question, why does this matter to football fans?
The reason is very simply in that is a perfect example of the arrogance and lack of respect all football fans are treated with by the footballing authorities. We all go on about fan representation on the boards of our local clubs, a realistic proposition or not, but when are we going to get the fan representation where a real difference could be made, on footballing authorities.
You can see it now, the management meeting at the F.A. when they were told that Network rail would be doing engineering works between the 15th and 18th April.
Bill Bung (fictional F.A. man): “So no trains from Manchester or Liverpool to London between the 15th and 18th of April. Not a problem for us, not sure why they have mentioned it.”
Sam Loony (fictional supporter): “Errr, isn’t that during the final rounds of the F.A. Cup?”
Bill Bung: “Not sure, why would that matter?”
You get the picture, no need to go further.
Let’s stop farting around here, exactly what sort of quality of management tries to run F.A. Cup rounds at Wembley when the trains aren’t running from the North West? This is not rocket science and yet we are constantly told that “We have to pay large salaries to attract the right caliber of manager”. Bull****!!! This is just treating the fans like cattle being driven to the slaughterhouse yet again.
We should all stand up and tell these idiots where to stick their first-class minds once they get them out of their own poop tube.
The national rail service, in this opinion, is a joke run by people without the ability to manage a skateboard park. Ask anyone who works on the tracks and, after a few pints, they’ll probably tell you stories of graft, corruption and incompetence that will make your tax-payer hair curl.
Like my own mate who allegedly turned up on a work gang of fourteen to do track work through an agency only to find that there was only one shovel. The management decision was that they all sit around and wait a turn on the shovel. Even the F.A. can’t be that bad.
This story is all about incompetent management and our country is riddled with it. This is why the fit and proper owners test for owning a football club is not about competence or appropriateness, ideas fans mistakenly think it is about, but whether you have the money, you can prove it has not been laundered and you’ve not got a criminal record.
As long as you have the cash, can show it is clean (a point which can be stretched like an MP’s tongue) and you’ve never been caught, you can rip off the fans at any club you like.
You see the benchmark for management competence is not ability or competency but how much money you can attract into your own bank account. Perhaps, if you earnt huge piles of cash as a director of football at a continental club, then you can possibly get a job, with a raise, at a North London club no matter how probably bad you may actually be.
All of this tells us why the bidding rounds at Chelsea are a farce. There is no guarantee that the new owners will not shaft the supporters no matter how long they have been season ticket owners.
All of this tells us why our club can be run as a family wealth fund and no-one at the F.A. can be bothered.
All of this tells us why we should all be vocal about football fans being treated with respect. When the Scousers and the Citeh crew can’t get trains to attend an F.A. Cup semi-final it is our scandal as much as theirs.
If there was any real management competence in our country then we would have a national stadium in the north as well as the south. We would have a rail network that ran everywhere. We would understand that management quality is about ability not job title. We would also understand that we are all in this together and when we let the fans of other clubs be treated with contempt we condone that possibility for ourselves. We get the management culture we deserve when we turn away from these issues.