Gazidis goes from buffer to lightning conductor
MANCHESTER UNITED 2
I WAS on an aeroplane for this one so have only seen the highlights. No bad thing from the sound of it.
It is all very disappointing, through frankly not greatly surprising and from the sounds of it many of the issues and arguments I’ve rehearsed here in recent weeks were present again.
What I think interesting is the Gazidis issue. A fortnight ago after the defeat at Norwich I said:
“Arguing about quality of player is one thing, arguing about the fact a player doesn’t even exist is something else and frankly quite galling when you see our Chief Executive on £2 million a year. If that seems like a cheap shot, well it is the kind of cheap shot that comes with a 24% pay rise.”
Yesterday the away fans put it a little more succinctly, asking: “Ivan Gazidis – what the **** do you do?”
His appointment three years ago was one that was welcomed by many, not least those unhappy with the regime as was. He was the outsider who talked a good game, who appeared unwilling to settle for mediocrity and who would not accept things carrying on as they were.
The problem now is that our ticket prices are still increasing, we’re still selling our best players, we’re still not replacing them and we still don’t appear particularly bothered about how we’re doing. The Chairman insists that despite seven barren years the manager remains under no pressure to deliver trophies and the manager still talks of the only two trophies we have a hope of winning with complete contempt.
And in among this the man who was meant to kick some butt is now best known for his enormous increase in salary on the back of we don’t know quite what exactly.
In the battle to keep the fans onside, he’s gone from being an asset to a burden.