In an interesting variation on “You only sing when you’re winning,” it seems that the Blue Union only marches when we’re losing.
Earlier today The Blue Union released a statement saying that tomorrow’s planned “day of protest” has now been cancelled. They lay out the reasons for the cancellation in full, chief among them being this:
Since that meeting however, David Moyes and the players have managed to effect a significant upturn in form that now offers us the outside chance of UEFA Europa League qualification via the Premiership and, perhaps more significantly, has taken us to a very winnable FA Cup quarter-final at home to Sunderland, with the carrot of a mouth-watering return to Wembley that all of us so desperately crave. Our motto has been and will remain; “support the team:oppose stagnation”. Supporting the team will always be our first priority as dedicated Evertonians who love our club and crave success. With such a significant period of the season now upon us, it would be remiss of us to ignore the wave of feeling that has become apparent over the past few weeks, and indeed the personal feelings of the majority of our officers, all of which together are telling us, very clearly that “now is the time for unified support, not protest”.
This backs up my belief that protesting in the manner that they do cannot help the team at all. The Blue Union’s cancellation of tomorrow’s march seems to confirm that even they realise that protesting damages the team, (They probably also realise that the numbers for any protest during times of success will be small) though damaging the commercial interests of the club remains high on their agenda. Confusingly and with astonishing hypocrisy the Blue Union statement goes on to say “the future of our great football club remains of paramount importance” and yet they confirm that “the targeting of club sponsors & partners will continue.” So that’s clear then.
My question is, what’s changed? Bill Kenwright and the Board are still in place and we’re still skint. We’re doing better on the pitch though, is that what the majority of people we’re protesting about all along? And if the Blue Union know that marching hurts the team, then why do it ever?
All this only marching when we’re losing seems like a kneejerkist’s mantra
A few days ago I wrote that:
I’m very doubtful the protests would have been half as successful earlier this season if the team hadn’t been stalling.
I think tomorrow’s cancellation supports this view.