Really well-argued post @wilsoncgp. Your point about social media is particularly true - I migrated to this board from another Boro forum where the wailing and gnashing of teeth was always much more definitive. After a couple of defeats, there'd be loads of thread titles like "Worst team EVER", "I am DONE with this **** and the **** players", "We're finished", etc etc. No wonder football chairmen try to tune that out. Look at that open letter Arsenal fans wrote last year cos the poor lambs had only won the FA Cup recently.
Even so, Gibson's actions increasingly remind me of Erich Honecker and the East German politicians, hidden from view in their luxury gated village while Communism collapsed outside the walls. It's like he either can't admit or doesn't want to know how bad things are. Neither did Honecker, and we all know how that turned out.
Empires end when the people grow tired of being ignored and disrespected, and I think Gibson has used up most of the pre-2006 goodwill he'd amassed among supporters. FWIW, I don't want him to step down. I doubt anyone does, really. Most fans probably just want him to move with the times (a DoF, taking inspiration and lessons from other successful Championship clubs, employing a manager who's not a mate or a local).
If SG can't - or more probably won't - move towards the light, maybe he does need to step aside for the sake of the club he and we love?
86 was a long long time ago, he’s used up all that goodwill. I got slated a few years ago for daring to suggest ghat Gibson had his flaws and felt that he was bigger than the club. I don’t see that anything has changed since then, ticket prices are ridiculously high and he has the audacity to ask people to renew when we don’t even know which division we’ll be in.
D Blackburn v Swansea
A Cardiff v Brentford.
H Fulham v P.N.End.
H Huddersfield v Charlton.
H Luton v Stoke.
D Millwall v Bristol Cty.
H Q.P.R. v Birmingham.
D Reading v Barnsley.
D Sheff Wed: v Derby.
H W.B.A. v Wigan.