In a simplistic world - We as supporters want a couple of things to make us satisfied while watching football and supporting our club. Effort and commitment. Winning is nice, but generally is a bi product of effort and commitment with a splashing of skill and managerial nous.
That really is football in its simplest terms. It is very black and white to 99% of supporters.
The issue, is that football is not black and white at all. Behind closed doors, on the training pitch, and in the boardroom - football is very much an organic beast, full of moving parts - The part that we see (Saturday afternoon) is a vey small part of what makes that organisation tick.
I am not suggesting that all fans are stupid and don’t realise this, what I am saying (after looking at social media after some recent results) is that some peoples views and thoughts about where we should be, and what we are doing at the moment - is so out of touch with actually reality it is alarming. This understandably has been brought about by the good times experienced under Carlos the last few years. It is easy to get lost in the "With all the money we have spent we shouldn’t be here" and in a weird way we expect that because we have had 2 decent seasons in the last 15 years, that all of a sudden the basics of running a club and the danger of spending money hand over fist doesn’t apply to us. Most of the other clubs in this division have spent TONS more money than us - Is it their right to go up to? - It isn't that simple.
At this current point in time, we are crippled with injuries, unfitness, moral and confidence issues. The club is hurting. It is trying to find some organisation and clarity after living in a premier league dream world for the last two years. Finally, reality is finally hitting home. It is very painful - but absolutely necessary to start to turn this titanic of club back around.
If we are honest, it was a breath of fresh air to win, win, win, and have Rhodes, Hooper, Nando, Winnall, Fletcher and Joao upfront. For the first time in a generation we could go to places like Villa etc.. And not only compete.. But win and win well. It was a proud feeling to have people comment on us in the press and media, and its always nice to look at pre season predictions and find us nailed on for a playoff spot. It gave us all some pride.
But like anything in life, if that dream, or reality in fact, is not built on solid foundations with a built in contingency plan to avoid ruining the future for a good "today" then inevitably that plan/dream will eventually come to an end. And someone will be faced with an almighty clean up job.
Enter Jos. Enter Katrien Meire. Enter a bruised Chansiri. Enter youth team.
We claim to be WAWAW. The basics of that acronym is that we are all TOGETHER. We understand each other, we have a common goal and we will support each other to achieve the greater goal of brining some success to this club.
Our job as WAWAW, for the rest of this season is to genuinely take some time to understand what an absolute f***ing mess we have been left in. This isnt a situation were we can just say "I paid £42 for a ticket and I deserve more" - This situation is a lot deeper, a lot more serious and it is very REAL. We are not in a good way at all. Both on the playing field and financially.
You can blame whoever you want for why we are here, however, if it was WAWAW when you travelled down to Wembley with your family, it has be the WAWAW when we are playing Villa tomorrow and for the rest of the season. The good times are only as good because we have lived through the despair of the lows.
I do understand that some fans will be critical of performances and team selections due a the potential relegation dog fight. But lets be positive for a moment as I feel personally that we wont be getting relegated this season so that leaves very little for some fans to get excited about - as effectively there is nothing to look forward to. Getting this season over and done with as quickly as paramount for me personally.
In that nothingness void we are in at the minute, there is an opportunity to actually sit back, relax and just let yourself experience and fully take in - what we are trying to achieve and fully connect yourself with the situation we find ourselves in and appreciate the jobs that Jos etc..has in front of them. We might not be able to pull on a pair of boots to help them (although I am sure that some of us might actually get a game at moment!) but we do have the power to be sympathetic to the situation rather than act like the world is falling down.
Out of the darkness, we now have a manager (I don’t believe he will be here a long time, I believe he has been brought in the steady the ship personally), who is willing to give youth a chance. Youth generally = hunger and local lads. If they succeed you will have a football team not full of mercenaries, but a team full of passion and effort - something we wouldn’t have seen before. That is such a massive positive.
We have a manager who is focussing on driving up the fitness and discipline in the squad. Something that has also been lacking for many a year.
We have some absolutely top championship players coming back in the summer. The thought of a defensively sound, fully fit organised squad, with a splashing of youth and talent (hooper/bannan/nando) etc, is very very exciting to me personally.
I would hope that some can see this time as a time to support and reflect than criticise. THE SEASON IS OVER. This is the time to sow the seeds for next season. As a fan base we can help that by supporting the club to the best of our ability, but with NO expectation for the rest of the season. It is hard to accept but if in 12 months time we are sat in the playoffs, then we will look back on this time and say "remember last year when Dave was our only striker??" and laugh it off. Football is a constant game of swings and roundabouts - and if we all are WAWAW - I have no doubt whatsoever that our time will come back around quickly enough.