When times are tough, there’s only one man’s words will do
The much maligned views of aussie mike must now be resonating with all Bolton supporters. These are dark days, people and at times like these, only one man has the rhetoric to describe our plight.
I normally say enjoy, but…
I have said it many times; Phil Gartside is an accountant by profession. He has continually failed to provide the club with the talent needed; players and team managers to take the club forward or maintain the standard required to protect and secure our future.
Inside the 14 + years he has been chairman in excess of £650 million has been squandered with nothing to show for it beyond what we now witness: a first team of questionable talent, unable to put a single good performance together and a manager devoid or bereft of the ability to do just that.
As for the decisions taken on the players the club has engaged and those they released, its clear the judgements applied have failed spectacularly. Less than 2 years ago we gambled over £10 million on N’Gog and Sordell (fees & wages) neither of which has made any meaningful contribution; A shocking reflection of the incompetence of those in control at the club.
We now operate under austerity measures introduced by Gartside that make Greece appear affluent. Measures that by their very nature can never attract the talented players the club needs. Policies that both Owen Coyle and Dougie embraced are failing badly and were always destined to fail. Cutting the wage bill, placing reliance on average youngsters from the academy were never anything other than a mask to cover up the chairman’s incompetence.
At best, Gartside hoped to put the brakes on our slide and stop the financial bleeding, however, the reality is you can only ever achieve that by bringing in genuinely talented players and for that you have to spend money in order to get the right lads. I expect the talented managers interviewed when Coyle was sacked told Gartside exactly that. Of course, knowing the money was gone he wanted to enforce his own cost-cutting agenda and refused to see it derailed,
Freedman- due to his lack of experience- was prepared to go along with it. Maybe he thought, if it fails so what, I am getting £1,500,000 for trying, regardless of the disruption and damage cost-cutting might have on the players already at the club.
We now see the futility of this wisdom. I for one object to seeing those in control deliver nothing but continual abject failure. Sure, if we beat Yeovil as expected next weekend, many will use it as the excuse they have been waiting for to claim things are now getting better; we have turned a corner? the truth suggests otherwise. They simply wish to keep the mirage alive rather than admit their own mistakes and failings. We have been conned and it will continue.
Sadly, I don’t see any cure on the horizon.