Reading through Arsenal fans discussing who should be our next coach, made me think about an analogy from the Music world. There’s a world famous fly on the wall audio recording of The Troggs (Wild Thing, Love Is All Around) where the band are in the studio without a producer and, in short, it turns into an utter fiasco.
In simple terms the session isn’t going well. Hot on the heels of their massive hit ‘Wild Thing’ they decide to manage their own recording session minus a producer and, unsurprisingly, it ends in disaster. Why? Well, you’d assume the people in the band would know a fair bit about how music gets put together right? Just like people who watch football know the basics of how it works….
It’s such a deluded event it reminds me so much of how people seem to write articles on this site about who might possibly supersede Unai Emery. The truth is you can’t offer an informed opinion on a subject that you have restricted knowledge about (like The Troggs).
We all know there’s huge problems at our club but, in truth, only the people in the inner sanctum know what those problems are caused by. Fans seems always to either blame the manager of the chairman as they are single figures and far easier to focus the blame on, rather than specifically three or four players in the team.
Bill Shankly once said ‘football is a simple game complicated by idiots’……Fans are the idiots in this example. They seem to over-complicate the obvious by assuming the issue is simple. The problem here is they find the answer in such a vast amount of answers that it then blurs what the problem actually is. Unai Emery is a good manager, as was Arsene Wenger, as was Antonio Conte, as was Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool……the list is endless.
The biggest problem is Arsenal fans demanding instant gratification. It’s literally like a small child screaming because his parent won’t succumb to his unreasonable demands. Emery is far from perfect but neither was Ferguson when he started at Man United. It’s not only Arsenal fans who have too much to say, it’s fans of most clubs. The assumption that they know more than the people paid to manage because they have been fans for their entire life is laughable. Loyalty doesn’t qualify fans to have their opinions qualified.
I’ve read so much about ‘all the managers that might be better than Emery’ and, in short, they’re opinions of the ill-informed.
Maybe the necessity to discuss on Arsenal fans’ websites like this creates pointless opinions that nobody of significance within the club gives a monkeys about. It just dilutes the real issues.