I had to laugh looking in on the Org today. The site's Great Auntie Endorsealot has stuck up a thread asking why we have had our worst start for 115 years and a right Charlie has come back at him and said,
"Sorry to be pedantic del but the facts you state are wrong mate. Here are our actual WORST starts (after 9 games) in the past 40 years:
1970 - 5 points
1973 - 5 ponits
1977 - 4 points
2006 - 5 points
Out of all these poor starts we were relegated in only one of them. COYIs!!"
Amazingly, nobody has come back at him and pointed out that in 70, 73 and 77, you only got two points for a win and in those days, only two teams were relegated! What a joke. Talk about shaping the facts to fit your bloody argument!
Of course Great Auntie Endorsealot can't resist telling us all why, despite saying, "I have my theories as to why but would like to hear yours and more importantly what can be done to turn things around!" Dear Great Auntie Del says it is all down to our failure to "revitalise" after shipping out Zola and, in particular, the failure to buy a centre back and a 15 goal a season fox in the box. Well last time I checked, we had Upson, Gabbidon, Da Costa, Tomkins, Ben Haim and Reid to play centre back! Does Great Auntie want us to play 6-3-1 perhaps? But why allow the little matter of facts to get in the way of a good argument eh? And as for this 15 goal a season striker, they cost in the region of £16 million the last time I looked, money we sadly do not have.
Grumpy has chipped in, of course, to tell us how he told us it would all end in tears when we appointed Zola. He forgets that he called it a masterstroke when we recruited Clarke! He also omits to mention that he claimed everything would get better once Carlton Cole was out of the team! One right, two wrong, but he is still claiming to be a mini oracle! Grumble, grumble, grumble, grrr, grrr, grrr, bloody country, bloody foreigners, bloody Spain here I come!
Then there is the "We needed a high profile manager" argument with Martin Jol suggested by the Great Auntie as the knitting is put to one side for a moment. You know, Martin Jol, the guy who could not take a job recently because he is under contract at Ajax! And the same guy who led Spurs to their worst start for 115 years until he was replaced by the even higher profiled Oneday Ramos! Mark Hughes and Steve McClaren are also mentioned as Great Auntie sucks on a Werthers Original! Well Fulham were fourth from bottom under Hughes when the games kicked off at 3 pm on Saturday and a victory at home to Wigan does not a great manager make; even Zola managed that! As for McClanger, apart from speaking Cockney like Dick Van Dyke inside six weeks of arriving, what bloody use would he be?
Why have we had our worst start for 115 years? Because Catchabung disallowed a legitimate winner at Wolves, the same Wolves who defeated billion pound outfit Man City yesterday. Had that goal been allowed, as it should have been, we would have started today one point behind Liverpool. A sense of perspective Great Aunts, Grumpy Soothsayers and gentlemen, please!