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An exciting development in the Dons support. A new insult has descended from the clouds on a granite slab, left at the top of South Anderson Drive to be dished out to any non believer on social media.

‘Pantspisher’ is the new insult du jour. Etched in uppercase with three exclamation marks and the laughing at my own ‘joke’ emoji that is the mark of someone to avoid at all costs. 😂😂😂 that one.

If you haven’t seen it, it’s dished out to anyone questioning Glass, or any decision by Glass, or being unhappy about a loss, the current team, or heaven forbid ‘Mr Transparency’ the Chairman.

Interestingly ‘pantspisher’ is the diametric opposite of ‘happy clapper’ which was the insult that was directed by those ‘who knew about football’ at those who ‘know nothing about football’ who were backing the last manager. According to an official AFC sociologist (me) this first appeared about 3-4 years ago. 

My deep sociological study has made an interesting discovery on the people who direct ‘Pantspishers’ and those who directed ‘Happy Clapper’ at their fellow supporters. In a niche cultural reference too far, in the words of Pam Beesly in a meme you wouldn’t get ‘they’re the same people’.

Other insults directed at fellow supporters for having a fraction of a difference of opinion on anything includes the thermonuclear ’so called supporter’ and the equally thermonuclear ‘you know nothing about football’. The latter being the fail safe end game, ironically, of the person who knows nothing about debating a point.

Oh but the Aberdeen support have far more than that for self flagellation, the self declared ‘Worst supporters in the world’. ‘Always moaning, always negative’, ‘always doom and gloom’. When it comes to attacking each other, when it comes to inverted snobbery, the Aberdeen support is truly in a class of its own.

I’m going to blow your f*cking minds! Go onto any Barcelona supporters thread, and have a read. You want to see negativity, you want to see doom and gloom, you want to see ‘the worst supporters in the world’, they have won about a million trophies in the last 10 years alone, had arguably the greatest team ever in that time, arguably the greatest ever player for the last 15 years, and will probably win the Champions League again, inside 5 years.

Listen to them. Because they aren’t going to win EVERY game this season. Look at the empty seats! That’s the worst supporters in the world, and all the supporters of those other dreadful franchise brand teams are equally bad. 

We back a team that hasn’t won the league since the 80s, one cup in God knows, and are probably going to be in this mediocre loop for the rest of our lives.

And we still support the team. We are magnificent. Real football supporters, not glory hunting parasitic football tourists jumping on the back of some billionaire parasite’s long term investment. (Unless one of them is your second team then…) So stop attacking your own supporters. Love the support, love the diversity of opinion, and in turn love yourself. One love. Now more than ever. 

And it’s not about everyone backing the team on everything unquestionably. We are not robots. We are all allowed different opinions. But for the love of God, allow others the space to have those opinions. A lot of people are mentally screwed up post Covid, I know I am, and others have dealt with far worse than me.

Agree to disagree, stop calling your fellow supporters names. Go for the ball, not the man or woman. Stop being such a cunt. (Oh I had to ruin it didn’t I? Almost though. Almost got to the end)

March 27 2021

Aberdeen FC are currently at a crossroads. The McInnes era has ended, and the Glass era is just beginning.

Now we as football supporters must patiently await what will happen, while giving complete backing to the management team, new players and the Chairman.

You’d think that wouldn’t you.

And then in a complete change from how the UK’s mainstream media normally works, a BBC employee uses a newspaper column to push forward the views of a multi-millionaire! Well f*ck me! https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/sport/football/aberdeen-fc/3007504/richard-gordon-column-despite-some-fans-strange-views-a-new-era-is-about-to-unfold-for-aberdeen/

the level of stupidity in a number of the replies was actually quite breath-taking, and I do despair at the thinking of some who call themselves supporters.

Richard Gordon

So the multimillionaire in his Bond villain lair in Atlanta or wherever, has his friend attacking supporters for not being complete believers via the press. The same guy who had an awful lot of information on all things Aberdeen FC on the radio a couple of weeks ago, in complete contrast to the club’s own communications department.

I have known the chairman for decades and I can guarantee them there is no chance he would appoint anyone under those circumstances

Richard Gordon

This is from a guy who stated on Radio Scotland fully two weeks ago, something along the lines of he didn’t know what would happen, no decision had been made (Glass) and then ended it with ‘but Stephen Glass will definitely be involved somewhere’ or words to that effect.

but it is also a huge decision Stephen has taken to give up a lifestyle and career in Atlanta to return to the north east. 

Richard Gordon

Fuck off, and when you are done fucking off, fuck off again. Managing Aberdeen Football Club ought to be the biggest thrill of his f*cking life. He will never manage a bigger club, I guarantee it. Are we supposed to be grateful he left the arse end of nowhere managing their second string to fourth bottom. Incidentally over the last few weeks while all this was going on, plenty media contact with Glass. There was no ‘no comment’, or ‘while flattered to be mentioned, just concentrating on my job with the New York f*cking Yankees’ or whatever they are called. Like you’d normally do if linked with a job while in another job.

He certainly wasted no time in bringing Scott Brown to Pittodrie,

Richard Gordon

Amazing, only took him 48 hours, incredible work. Was in the media for several weeks, but presumably they just guessed it. And coincidently their guess actually happened. What are the chances.

They really think we are f*cking idiots.

If no one buys season tickets, if no one buys DNA there is no football club. If Cormack fucks off tomorrow, we’ll be fine. It’s not his club, WE ARE the club.

Now time to break some Glass

Glass is going to fail. Albeit it might fail in an entertaining way. Some exciting stuff will happen on the pitch. For a bit. Which we all very, very badly need. But that sugar rush isn’t going to sustain us for long.

So why will Glass fail? How many managers did Liverpool appoint before they finally got Klopp? Even with the money to shop in the highest end of the market, it’s really really difficult to find ‘the special one’. And it appears from watching Spurs, you can find ‘The Special One’ and he isn’t any more.

So someone who hasn’t done it at any real level before, almost certainly doesn’t have it. Particularly the man who took a US soccer team’s second string to fourth bottom. ‘Oh but he was developing talent’. That sounds very ‘Linkedin recommendation’ to me.

In addition looking at the other appointments in the coaching team and listening to Cormack, it’s clear that they are creating a Frankenstein’s monster. They are welding together elements that they know their actual manager doesn’t have, in an attempt to piece together a team that will have all the components they think they need, as if that will magically come together like alchemy.

Brown sugar

So clearly they have spotted a lack of a winning mentality in their new manager, so Frankensteining it buying in ‘winning mentality’ in Scott Brown (who turns 36 in the summer – 2 years older than Jonny Hayes). Perhaps there’s more to Scott Brown. ‘A student of the game’? as Fergie, and Fergie’s former players would say. Someone who’s tactical nous and exciting new ideas on the game are known to those ‘in the know’ of the football world? The hard as nails soon to be physio table ornament at Cormack Park maybe has far more strings to his bow?

Aberdeen to bring in striking coach

But it’s the ‘Striking Coach’ that really gives the game away. So that implies strongly that Brown is just coming in for the obvious, and nothing else.

Sir Alex Ferguson did of course have a striking coach. His name was Sir Alex Ferguson. Managers manage. Again what is Glass doing? What is he bringing? His weaknesses are clear from the people being put together in the coaching team.

And it won’t work, just like co-managers are an idiotic idea, and because as I said countless times while writing about potential managerial appointments going back years, you can’t add elements together in a managerial team to create a great manager. Or Chelsea would have fifteen managers, Real Madrid 43. It just doesn’t work that way. A manager can bring in outside specialists for specific elements to aid them in their work, but if the manager doesn’t have it, isn’t the real deal, doesn’t have that magical combination of ingredients that it takes to be a successful manager, plus the experience to have tried it out, then it will fail.

And it is blindingly obvious it will fail.

Romanov at Hearts is probably a good example of what we are about to experience.

Someone with money (unlike Romanov, it’ll be his, it’ll be accumulated all perfectly morally properly – and well done you!), who is going to use that money as he is passionate about Aberdeen FC.

However ask a Hearts supporter, would they want Romanov back in charge, or do they want the current directors and be in the Championship? I don’t know the answer, (irrespective of their current mess) but I suspect it’s the current Hearts they prefer to support. Because it’s their club, run for them all collectively, and not some big ego making the club into a reflection of himself (or herself). And if you see what happened to Blackburn Rovers after Jack Walker passed away, after an unnatural unsustained cash injection (if it happens – getting the money in on Big Sam and McKenna doesn’t point to a huge cash injection coming – your season ticket will most certainly pay Scott Brown’s wages) it is not good for a football club.

I’ve no doubt this will upset some people. I don’t like to upset people, but I do care about Aberdeen Football Club, and I don’t like a lot I’ve been seeing going back several decades. Three stands named after nothing. Nothing for Chris Anderson. Willie Miller and Teddy Scott’s training pitches tone deaf at best. The virtual destruction of Pittodrie. That idiotic stand behind a goal. The removal of the corner areas. Two f*cking floodlights. A communication department built up over decades with a clear, consistent, understated tone of voice, wiped out at a stroke.

Just a f*cking mess while we wait for someone to find time on Zoom. Long after he has briefed countless journalists. Transparent. My arse.

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I should probably add Richard Gordon’s Glory of Gothenburg book is one of my favourite books.

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A messy, slightly emotional, slightly relieved early look back at the McInnes era

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A look at the late great Ebbe Skovdahl.

What makes Pittodrie so special?

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A bit about my favourite game, and my father.