Amazing, aren’t they? Can you imagine if Fergus McCann had come to Celtic after promising to build the stadium, rebuild the team, improve the finances and left at the end of it all having done none of those things, but instead run up debts and let Rangers secure ten and eleven in a row, departing with them even more dominant than ever?
Do you think the press would have lauded his reign?
Do you think our fans would have?
Well incredible as this will seem to rational, sane human beings, Club 1872, the Sevco Goon Squad, have actually written an open letter to King thanking him for “saving their club” from people who would have run it professionally, linked up with Newcastle on a formal basis, put them on a firm financial footing and given us a real run for our money.
You know, people who don’t understand what we do here – the Celtic sites – will forever misunderstand our early coverage of Mike Ashley and his time at Ibrox. The truth is, a lot of us were genuinely concerned when he bought his shares and started to get involved over there.
There would have been a relentless drive towards sustainability, but it would have put them in partnership with the biggest retailer in the country and they would have had their pick of an EPL academy team. Guys like Wagstaff could have started their pro careers at Ibrox.
Some of us saw it as our responsibility to destabilise Ashley as much as we could. We focussed on every negative thing we could find about him.
We delved into every corner and flagged every concern.
We know we poisoned a significant section of the Sevco support against him, but even then it would not have been enough had King and his people not been on hand to rock the boat for their own ends. We could never have completely flipped the script but for that charlatan and his plans to rehabilitate his public reputation by trying to muscle in.
King was the trump card we didn’t even know we had.
In taking on Ashley he sowed the seeds for every destructive thing that has happened at Sevco in the years of his glorious reign.
When we say “long live the King” we mean it because he was a disaster for that club, setting it back years, wrecking its relationships with sponsors, merchandising companies, turning it into a complete basket case company and his cold shouldering by the City of London was the final black spot on his record.
On his watch, Celtic has gone from strength to strength.
He has left the club still mired in Ashley business, without a shirt deal, dependent on loans to get through campaigns and with a reputation for breaking agreements and making mad statements that will be haunting them for a decade or more. If they don’t enter administration, it will be a miracle.
Yet yesterday, Club 1872 released an extraordinary statement, thanking him for this!
“(Our) supporters and everyone connected to the club owe a huge debt of gratitude to him for stepping up, along with other current investors, at a time when our football club was in great danger from a group of people intent on running it into the ground. Had it not been for his decisive action the outlook (would) have been very bleak.”
King is being thanked for failure. He didn’t “rescue” Sevco, he hijacked it to service his own giant ego and every single thing he tried to do – from the managers he brought in to the war he waged and failed to win against Iron Mike – has been a disaster.
Fergus would have been flayed for any failure.
The Scottish media would have run him out of town on a rail had Rangers won 10 or the stadium hadn’t been completed or the team not rebuilt … King has failed time and time again, on matters both great and small, and yet the media is praising his record and the fans are lining up to thank him for it.
It shows you just how deluded these Peepul really are.
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