Raise The Wages Ceiling To Keep Ben Arfa And Cissé
Sunday April 1st, a date for fools and the misled. The sun had to shine; it was always going to light the way to demolishing an enemy; an enemy now being driven into an abyss by the obnoxious Scot who is so far out of touch that his ignorance defends the indefensible, his tactics revolving around a petulant racist.
The majority of home support had already sentenced the returning ex – Mags to 90 minutes of vocal derision and merciless mockery. The brunt of it borne by Andy Carroll, the lad from the Teams in Gateshead who had pleaded for mercy pre-match, obviously anticipating what he thought would be undeserved wrath. The futility of this request was no doubt realised when he stepped off the team bus along with Enrique and Bellamy, to a chorus of booing.
For me the ‘dive’ when attempting to round Krul only heightened the crowds fevered hostility towards our ex -centre forward rather than instigating it. For some reason the kangaroos had passed their judgement long before the scousers pulled into Barrack Road, the court long since dismissed.
The rumours of Carroll’s new found arrogance and disdain toward his hometown and his former worshippers is something I’ve heard about. According to unofficial reports he shows disregard for most people who follow his current and former clubs, as well as past team mates. Money gone to the ponytailed head ?…… Or maybe just the realisation that no matter what he says about his departure or current situation, no one seems to believe him; such is the honesty and integrity of our hierarchy’s public relations.
Andy Carroll’s transfer had many similarities with the sale of Les Ferdinand. The vital difference being that the following season’s incoming replacements contrasted sharply. Sir Les’s successors were a joke, while Carroll’s have been phenomenal. Yet what amazes me is the fevered hostility aimed at our former number 9. So ask yourself this question. Would you show the same animosity towards our ex-striker if he had excelled at his new club, while we had slumped to the league’s lower echelons ?
Whatever your answer, ask yourself who you believed in the war of words when Ashley’s helicopter whisked the big number 9 away; judging by his reception from the away contingent at Anfield a few months later, the Barrack Road propoganda machine’s brainwashing tactics obviously won the day.
I’ve been as big a critic of Ashley as any of us. His lack of transparency and arrogance compounded with Llambias’s frequently misleading us and the feeble defence of the stadium name change. The money received from Carroll’s sale has turned into a good deal, thanks to the astuteness of Graham Carr and the surprisingly skilful management of Alan Pardew. With the obvious coaching expertise of Carver and Stone backing him up, I don’t mind admitting to have eaten copious amounts of humble pie since he arrived. However, nobody will convince me that Ashley and Llambias didn’t get unbelievably lucky when they recruited the ex – Palace midfielder to replace Chris Hughton. Their footballing knowledge has been laid bare in the past, fortunately for us there are now people employed at the club with a lot more.
We have had a brilliant season and the policy of European scouting has seen some excellent signings. However, Ben Arfa’s recent matchwinning displays and Cisse’s lethal touch in front of goal will no doubt attract attention from our rivals and the top clubs on the continent.
Personally I don’t want to lose either and believe that certain players deserve to be above the wage ceiling.
That though is another article, another day.
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