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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 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.
Also regarding Dave Cormack, I had no issue with him whatsoever until about a month ago when information was leaked to Tom English. Unfortunately since then, I have seen other things that have left me uncomfortable. Doesn’t mean I am right.

stephen-glass

I’m an Aberdeen supporter. Would I ever want the team to not do well? Of course not. Would I be delighted to eat humble pie, and see great football, a successful winning team, that is scared of no team’s reputation managed by Stephen Glass? Christ yeah! Would I happily start making Stephen Glass memes and Dave Cormack memes stating ‘you absolute f*ckin’ beauties’ I will follow you to the end of the Earth!’? Yes, yes, yes, yes!

Would I sneak back to the Facebook page and delete a few cynical memes from the past? Yes, and I’ve done it in the past too! Hey, I’m a football supporter, no one says I have to be consistent or balanced. (I’m not mentally balanced, why would my opinions be!)

So lets start by saying, hope more than anything it will be great. Because, football.

However. Here we go.

There are more elephants in the room than Billy Smart’s Circus.

Let’s start with the biggest one of all. The might be confirmed by the time you read this, the worst kept secret since the last time Dave Cormack had a secret, Scott Brown.

Starting with the football. So he arrives as a footballer does he? Do you remember how excited Celtic supporters were when Ian Wright arrived at their club? Or Roy Keane arrived? His career is over. We are not signing Scott Brown the player, we are signing someone who used to be Scott Brown. In terms of decent performances, or decent periods of play from him, it’s going to be minutes, not hours. Of course his winning mentality, his dressing room influence will be the same, he may have some special talents as a potential football manager… although the list of successful footballers who were going to be amazing managers is long and winding.

There’s also the idiot in Russia in below freezing temperatures in just a t-shirt to prove (God only knows what) they lost the game. The kicking Neymar on the ground off the ball leading to a sending off because the referee wasn’t Scottish. On the pitch, didn’t have the savvy of a Willie Miller or a Roy Keane for that matter. But on the other hand, someone who walks their dog in Edinburgh left a comment in the Dandy Dons Group and said, he bumps into him now and again walking his dog, and he’s ‘actually quite a fine bloke’. So there’s that.

And then there’s the biggest elephant of all. Shay Logan, and the overt racism of Celtic Football Club towards him, and the part Scott Brown played in that.

Considering we know Dave Cormack is as good at keeping secrets as the current team are at scoring goals, and considering that photo of Shay’s from the golf course, and considering we know the only time Shay has publicly appeared to be upset was due to the racism he received from Tonev, I (without any inside knowledge) can’t help thinking the banishing of Shay last weekend to be strongly linked to the forthcoming arrival of Scott Brown.

If that is the case, then Aberdeen FC have some serious issues to deal with.

Shay’s time is coming to an end. He knows it, we know it. But the incident, and the behaviour of Celtic was beyond shameful. Stuff like that just being ‘swept aside’, is just not okay. There has to be a public apology to Shay from Scott Brown, irrespective of how many days or weeks left on Shay’s contract.

This ultimately may be very good for Scotland and Scottish society. Celtic and their other half are way too powerful in Scottish society, and that they could just override what happened to Shay, because it was one of their players, and that the beyond atrocious media could quietly let them away with it, was disgraceful.

Last weekend we had the laughable hypocrisy of outrage from Radio Scotland, with Richard Gordon, where ‘they are further behind in Eastern Europe’ was alluded to several times, but never, as far as I am aware, was Tonev mentioned. An Eastern European in a near identical situation. I also don’t buy the ‘further behind’ narrative when you have Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, Christ the list is endless of racist and racist apologists throughout the UK mainstream media, in a way that certainly wasn’t the case twenty years ago. Question Time in particular just a who’s who of Gammons, both as guests and the audience. That’s the same ‘trustworthy’ BBC Richard Gordon works for.

Scott Brown arriving at Aberdeen is not a Celtic employee. He can speak freely. Not only will it be very good that there are consequences for his actions as Celtic captain, but to apologise will do enormous good both for what happened to Shay, to Scottish society in general, and would at a stroke get Scott Brown accepted at Aberdeen FC with a clean slate.

Because if there isn’t, Aberdeen FC condone racism. And as little as I matter in the scheme of things, then I’m out. And that first couple of sentences at the top of this article are null and void.

Oh and as the PR skills of the club at the moment are beyond amateur, for Christ sake get it right. You could make an absolute arse of this if you try any ‘I’m sorry you feel that way’ bullshit.