I couldn’t let this one go without comment, as it’s just laughable in my opinion.
Here’s the quoted line from our new chairman, Steve Hollis;
“The board is now in charge of the stewardship of this company,’ said Hollis. ‘As the chairman I must have a good relationship with the shareholders but it will be the board that actually makes decisions.”
I’ve kept my thoughts to myself as regards Hollis, as I wanted to see how things pan out with him and his position, but the fact is the more I hear from him, the less I think of him.
The man talks like he’s chairing a PLC when he mentions the shareholders, almost like we have institutional investors as well as private investors.
Well, let me remind you Steve. We don’t.
The only investors here are Randy Lerner and those close family members who are involved in the Trust.
So basically Lerner himself.
Now a board’s role is to run a company in a prudent manner, while investing carefully to maximise profit for the shareholders.
Which as mentioned above, is basically Lerner.
So does this mean that “the board” will be able to borrow money to make up for the lack of investment over many years?
Of course it won’t, unless Lerner says so.
The quote then goes on to talk about how we were ambitious in the summer and how we spent a lot of money.
Er, no, Steve me old mate, we really didn’t.
At that point, I just gave up on reading comments that frankly insult the intelligence.
So what’s it all about?
Well, quite simply deflection, to my mind.
Some vain hope that us fans will see Hollis and the board as the place to point the finger at instead of Lerner himself.
As for Hollis, it just sums him up when he hasn’t even got the nous to talk about us as a football club, instead, preferring to talk of us as a company.
I’m simply not falling for it and I suggest you don’t either.
Hollis in my eyes, is a total non-entity, placed in the position to do Lerner’s bidding and that’s all.
Hence I doubt I’ll even mention him again, apart from him being Lerner’s mouthpiece.
bullshit transfer speculation front, it seems we’ve been offered Nemanja Vidic.
Hmm, that’s good of whoever’s doing the offering, isn’t it?
He was a great defender in his day, but as slow as toast when he left the Prem, so what’s he going to be like now?
A total load of rubbish that one, but you have to laugh, I suppose.
We’re supposedly still in with a shout for Lovre Kalinic, Hajduk Split’s goalie, although I’m not convinced.
The most likely one is probably Debuchy on a loan.
I can see some legs in this and it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s actually our marquee signing in this window.
If indeed, he can be bothered to come.
And the headline that’s annoyed me the most?
All that money and we’re still an absolute shambles.