Anger, apathy and action
Anger, apathy and action will come together at The Valley tomorrow with a 2.30pm protest against the club owner Roland Duchatelet and his CEO Katrien Meire set to take place behind the West Stand.
I hope the protest is peaceful especially with kids and families occupying the same area thanks to the club’s Family Activity Day. However I also hope the protest makes Meire as uncomfortable as possible with her office and ‘her’ lounge facing out towards the car park. After, during the game, there will be plenty of time to express how deeply we are hurt and angry by their mismanagement of our football club.
I have been leaning towards Rick Everitt’s view this week in that we have to deal with Duchatelet separately and although I fear a leopard can’t change his spots, with rich saviours of football clubs few and far between, supporters should be prepared to work with the Belgian in the future, only if he allows himself to enagage with us and open his mind to an alternative and more preponderant view.
Meanwhile Meire’s leadership and management of the business, both the footballing and the commercial side has been terrible. There is a laundry list of errors of judgement and ill-conceived ideas and her brazen attitude towards communicating with fans, the lifeblood of the business, frankly stinks.
Add to that the complete disregard of our history, and it’s older supporters, her position is now untenable. Her lack of experience, knowledge of the industry and useless communication skills gives her no credibility as a CEO and while some were prepared to give her time and understanding, we are now left with this mess. She has to go.
As for Karel Fraeye, he won’t be able to hide behind a wall that Meire has, and his abilities or lack of them will be in a public eye, which is getting bigger by the way, for everyone to see.
Fraeye sent Conor McAleny back to Everton this week. Fraeye, or someone else, also allowed Harry Lennon to extend his loan at Gillingham. Jordan Cousins will miss tomorrow and as anticipated will JBG. With youngster Ollie Muldoon injured as well, Fraeye’s crass comment of “we can only play 11 players” may actually be a struggle tomorrow against an in-form Sheffield Wednesday. Word is that Fraeye will be gone by tomorrow night. What a farce.
McAleny was sent back with a flea in his ear from Fraeye. I would love to know what Roberto Martinez thinks of our handling of his player. Don’t expect another deal with Everton anytime soon.
Tomorrow with 3,200 Massives packing the Jimmy Seed will be interesting to say the least. Anger over apathy though, now is the time to care and give a sh1t.