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Boo Boys Back In Town

It didn't take too long long.

'Build us a young team we'll give them time to grow. We'll back them all the way, come thick or thin, through rough and smooth.' they said.

That was when Glenn Hoddle was in charge and the blame for failed promotion was aimed at "over paid, ageing ex Premiership players", supposedly happy to see out their contracts for the minimum of effort, not caring if they win, lose or draw.

I don't believe anyone ever actually said that to Sparky's face mind. Not unless it was from the safety of the South Bank.

Having asked him a contentious question once myself, with no malicious intent I can atest to the fact it wouldn't have gone down too well.

'Give us a manager who understands us. One who talks to the fans with passion, pride and honesty and we'll take him to our hearts as one of our own, and give him time, we're sick of the fast turn around of managers, we need stability!."

That was the cry following the departure of the man who rarely attended club functions, kept the fans at arms length and appeared so aloof it bordererd on narcissism. In fact, maybe it was.

'You dont know what you're doing.'

'There's only one Paul Ince.'

Cheering substitutions, and booing those still on the field.

A grand way of proving you're as good as your word. A grand way indeed.

No one's happy with the current run. No one's ecstatic at the slump in form, but is the best way to see the side through it heaping violent critisism on already pressured shoulders?

Few outside the realm of football fandom would say it is.

But football is about emotions, not logic, and so the vocal dissenters will no doubt get louder before they become any quieter.

To do otherwise is to be labelled a 'happy-clapper', delivered in derision as an insult, as if not flinging vociferous negativity toward the pitch in some way maligns the football credential of being 'a real fan'.

Mick McCarthy's greatest challenge since taking on a job many managers wouldn't entertain outside of a straightjacket isn't to get the 'fans' back onside, no matter how high an opinion the boo boys have of themselves.

It's ignoring them.




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Writer: Stuart Smith Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 14 2008

Time: 8:05PM

Your Comments

Great Article. Sums our posistion up perfectly. It hurts to hear the players/manager/ball boys/pasty sellers/turnstile attendents/wolfie/wolfette/occasional dancers and singers getting booed. But its easy to do and entertaining for some. Without a doubt, we are playing poorly, not scoring etc.... but can we seriously help by doing this? Shall we don blue and white stripe tops and join in with them? Anyway, I'm sure people wiill continue to boo and good luck to them - I serious hope I am wrong and that the players/manager/ball boys/pasty sellers/turnstile attendents/wolfie/wolfette/occasional dancers and singers all perform better as the boos gets louder - we'll win the league then (and the pasties will be full of succulent meat). All the best with the boo's - I really do hope it works.
These are the days
I dont know what it will take. The manager says it's not helping, the players say it's not helping, most reasonable sane people KNOW it's not heklping, but still they do it. And they'll continue until Mick turns it around, or they get their own way and he's sacked.
Stuart Smith
 

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