29 March 2016

Return of the Centre Back

In 2007, before he changed his name and became a footballer, Michael Morrison released the hit single "Return of the Mack". How prophetic these words were:
So I'm back up in the game
Running things to keep my swing
Letting all the people know
That I'm back to run the show
'Cause what you did, you know, was wrong
And all the nasty things you've done
So, baby, listen carefully
While I sing my come-back song
He even included a chorus where most of the lines begin with the words "You lied to me". 

Morrison's done rather well since he moved (meaning was given away) to Birmingham. Captain of the team and acknowledged as a brilliant signing by Gary Rowett.

One team's brilliant signing is another team's disastrous misjudgment. Throwing Morrison away is up there with selling Kermorgant as part of the undermining of Charlton's success on the pitch. Apart from his defensive solidity, what's really been missed is his role as a leader and motivator, a natural captain when Jackson's not available.

He's back at the Valley on Saturday, and should get a warm reception, even when he inevitably scores a hat trick from corners. 

Meanwhile the club has been pursuing its own unique brand of charm offensive. Emails from fans have been answered, after a fashion. Usually the response has been that "We're sorry you feel this way; we are trying our upmost [sic] to make things better" but with no real detail, conviction or attempt to win the fans over.

Flaggy has been brought out again, this time to win fans' hearts and minds by threatening them that throwing a beachball can be a criminal offence and could get you banned from the ground (which isn't really a deterrent).

And the quest for the fans who met Roland Duchatelet continues. Still no-one has come forward, while Target 20000 have made clear it wasn't them.

I've been looking again at the slogan "Building a Better Future Together". I crossed out every word in that phrase that's untrue or inaccurate, and here's the inspirational message that remains: "a".  

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