Post Match Nonesense
Although I have made the odd appearance on Radio Derby in the dim and distant past, I’m not really one for actively contributing to the post match comment or the Monday night phone in.
On that basis it’s hard to criticise those who do. However the utter drivel being spouted by the first few callers after Saturdays thrashing at Southampton (not helped by the Radio D team) demands a comment.
I know its standard form that when the Rams win, you pretty much get (literally) radio silence and then it’s Yanks out, Clough out, every time we lose. To be fair I don’t think DCFC fans are alone in this trait.
Whilst it’s disappointing to see a “nice but nothing” club like Southampton sprint past us to the Premiership, the whole “that’s what you get if you invest” chorus, conducted it has to be said by messers Davies and Bloomfield, was fundamentally flawed.
Currently in the Championship, only two clubs have thrown serious money at their team. One being West Ham, who, armed with parachute payments and an experienced manager, have made a calculated big punt on going straight back up. The other is Leicester City who have, frankly, had a debacle of a season and are currently no better off than the Rams.
Southampton are widely regarded as having one of the best academies in English football and have promoted from it regularly over recent history. Nigel Adkins is also a good manager who has signed proven championship players who he knew well. But most crucially of all, in the context of Saturdays comments, is the fact that in the summer they sold a player for in excess of £10m. A fact conveniently ignored by everyone, including the professional journalists.
I could write plenty more on this, but I’ll just leave you with this thought. If/when somebody gives us a silly money offer for a Hendrick, Bennett or a Hughes which we accept, don’t cry asset stripping or no ambition, revel in the new found spending power. If we ever turned down such a bid, then that would be cause to say that Southampton have a better plan than us.