She said it … she actually said it.
“Be careful what you wish for”, was Delia’s retort when politely and eloquently challenged on matters pertaining to the running of our club and why City supporters are unhappy right now.
But there’s the rub. Delia doesn’t believe that City supporters per se are unhappy right now. She believes the dissent is only coming from a vocal bunch of around 20 percent who she deemed “moaners”, “whingers” and “boo boys”.
C’mon Delia. You’re better than that. What about the boo girls?
If you suffer from high blood pressure I’d not recommend watching Delia, Michael and Mark Attanasio chat with Rob Butler, Connor Southwell, and Michael Bailey, but otherwise give it a go…
What you’ll find is a positively bristling Delia who had been clearly rattled by some of the matters raised at the AGM, and whose response was to come out swinging punches in the direction of those who are unhappy – the whinging supporters.
It appears the so-called “20 percent” are, at least in part, responsible for the negative mood, which according to Delia, is having an adverse effect on the players who would, minus the pervading negativity, presumably be quite brilliant.
That was the message … intentional or otherwise.
The resentment for the fans was something I always believed to be Webber-led – starting with their objection to BK8 and then bedsheet-gate – but such is Delia’s admiration of our ex-sporting director, she is now overtly of the exact same opinion.
We’re the problem … at least “20 percent” of us are, which I assume includes the majority of us at MFW.
“The boo boys are the ones who make the most noise” … apparently.
Delia’s back was up and it sounded like it was coming straight from the Webber playbook.
But, being serious for a minute, this needs to be managed carefully by the club, else the supposed love affair between Delia Smith and the “best fans in the world” could come to a very abrupt end.
It should be said that, in contrast to Delia, both Wynn-Jones and Attanasio came across in the session as measured and thoughtful – regardless of whether or not we liked what they were saying – but in truth, both were merely support acts to the (tetchy) star of the show.
As mentioned earlier, we have believed for some time that those in power see the fans of the club as little more than irritants, but this was it being daubed all over the front of the Lion & Castle in big green letters.
But Delia, the thing is… if you believe that 80 percent of the Canary Nation is happy with how things are going right now, I believe you to be mistaken. Talking numbers and percentages is clearly ludicrous unless you’re going to do one of your fan polls, but you may find that your 80/20 split is flipped.
Their continued adoration of Stuart Webber is clear, as is their disappointment that he is no longer our sporting director, but into his shoes has stepped another soon-to-be Delia favourite.
“I’m just amazed that we were able to get someone of Ben (Knapper’s) quality”, was Delia’s surprising take on someone who has majored so far only in player data analytics and loans. He may indeed turn out to be the Messiah – we all hope dearly that he is – but it’s a proud boast when talking of someone who’s inexperienced and has been in situ for just 19 days.
The ‘injuries to key players’ card was played at the AGM when trying to explain away the dire form, ignoring the fact that there are currently 13 teams above us, all of whom will be having similar levels of injury problems.
But, presumably, when questioned, David Wagner has leaned heavily on the Gunn/Sargent/Barnes injury axis and those in power have swallowed it. He’s clearly safe and has had, to coin a topical phrase, a protective ring thrown around him.
Mr Wagner, it seems, is bullet-proof.
In terms of ‘self-funding’ – a question fielded by Attanasio – we still are and will remain so although, to be fair, he did add some context to that, which was that (as I understand it) any funding for capital projects, such as stadium expansion, will be sought in-house rather than from external sources (ie. through him and his people).
But what didn’t emerge from the interview – other than the fact that he, Delia and Michael clearly get along – is his longer-term ambition and the mechanism for any takeover further down the line. Maybe that’s for another day but, unless I missed it, I’m not much clearer on how either side sees it unfolding, other than that he appears to be here for the foreseeable.
So, there we have it. In a nutshell, stop your whinging, let Wagner get on with his job, and allow Knapper time to bed in before asking him to make any nasty decisions.
And remember folks… “be careful what you wish for”, which at the moment is a team that’s competitive and isn’t going to get mullered at Portman Road.