Many of the reasons given for not fighting Ashley can be countered with one word – Liverpool.
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When Liverpool fans came to the conclusion that Hicks and Gillett were damaging their club, they protested, and protested, and protested.
They didn’t say ‘there’s no point, it won’t have any effect’.
They didn’t say ‘there’s no-one else to buy the club’.
They didn’t say ‘if we protest, it’ll make the club look less attractive to buyers’.
They didn’t say ‘we shouldn’t complain or they might make it worse’.
(the ‘we’re being pi**ed on but don’t complain or they might sh*t on us as well’ excuse).
They didn’t say, to paraphrase The Chronicle – ‘we shouldn’t do anything until we can articulate what change looks like and how it can be made to happen’. You don’t need to see the whole path before you take the first step, life’s not like that.
No, the fans didn’t know what it would lead to, but they knew the existing situation was wrong and complained about it, and eventually change came. There WERE other buyers, other people who weren’t put off by Liverpool fans showing their passion for the club.
And Liverpool are now in a much better state, with owners who take the money generated by the club and invest it in building and improving the squad (and isn’t that all we’re asking for?).
So, boycott or not, protest or not, that’s your personal choice. But if you choose not to, don’t do it out of defeatism, don’t use the above as excuses for inaction because, as the Liverpool example shows, protest can work, and isn’t it worth a try?
You can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket.
If you want rid of Ashley, if you want change, take the first step.