Isn’t the definition of stupidity the act of doing the same thing over and over again and hoping for a different result? Do you think there will come a time when the media in this country will pick up on that, or are we destined to go through nonsense forever, when they ask Ange Postecoglou to discuss the club across the city and he flatly refuses to?
You get the feeling sometimes that they just aren’t getting with the program, that they just aren’t reading the writing on the wall. This man is not here for that. Ask questions about the team, about his role, about his job as manager and he will answer those questions all the live-long day. Ask him about anything else – but especially them – and he won’t.
Yesterday was no exception, when he was asked to comment on – in other words, to praise – The Mooch and his team, but in an offhand way. They actually asked him about the form of both sides, and whether he thought they were coming into the game on the back of some good form. Well, he was never, ever going to do that.
“Mate, I can only talk about us,” he said. “We certainly feel like since the break we’ve been stronger. We had a strong first half of the year to be fair, but we’ve consistently improved over recent weeks. We’ve got a stronger squad. We added some players in January who have helped us not just in terms of matches, but in terms of training. The level of quality of training has been raised and we haven’t had a midweek game for two or three weeks now which has helped us as well. I just think our performances have got stronger since the mid-season break.”
Not just a slap-down to the hack who asked the question but an ominous reminder that whilst everyone has been “admiring” – too soft I word I think – The Mooch and his team, that we’ve largely ignored the hype around them by just getting better and better. This was the season 2 promise from Ange, that we would keep on improving, and we have.
But that’s not enough for these jokers, as nothing we do is ever going to be enough for them. Instead they want him to praise Ibrox and the team over there because they haven’t collapsed. Because they are on a run of form for the first time in ages.
Not a chance. And the big man made it clear that he never will.