The famous Voltaire quote comes to mind (except it wasn’t Voltaire who said it) “I disagree with everything you say but will defend to the death your right to say it”.
The Banner Man has a view. He thinks Wenger should have moved on. That is his view. Others agree with him and others, me included, disagree with him. But we all have a view and we all should express them. That is democracy. It makes life lively and interactive and even controversial and on occasions, sadly, confrontational.
But after 20 years in the job it is right to question whether he is still the man. I believe he is and express that view in a number of forums and some people like what I say and others dislike what I say. So let’s go easy on DT. Don’t go after him because you do not like what he says. Just get clear in your own mind why you think he is wrong and then respond. Get even not Angry.
I thought the reference to “Thanks for the Memories” was ungracious even rude but he was trying to get his point across with little space to play with and so went for the Bob Hope line.
This message is not about whether Wenger should go or not. It is about us and the team. Getting behind them and giving them full support. Managers can irritate. Friends can do the same and Bosses too. But we need tolerance and give and take and what I find so unpleasant is the sheer intolerance of it all. It is after all a game of football. There has been no car crash – no shootings – no evictions – no crime. There are things that should make you wild – a bully in the street, a racist at work or a fascist at a rally. Go for them. They are the worst – really the bottom of the barrel. But don’t mistake fellow supporters or opposing supporters for the real baddies.
The problem is that football is a game of great tension and physical contact. The mix is combustible but remember it is not about jobs or rights or life and death. And Yes Bill Shankly was wrong, perhaps amusing but still wrong when he suggested that football was more important than life or death. So let’s keep things in perspective. See the whole picture. Give an “importance rating” and then look at your family and your friends and say that going to war over a football is not the stuff of heroics. It is a great pastime but it does not pay the bills, it does not offer a holiday. It is an escape – a wonderful, important, significant escape but an escape all the same.
Wenger is unlikely to go and we need to ensure that the split over whether he stays or whether he goes does not create a fundamental fault line amongst us all. We are all on the same side