Nigel Adkins was very much a surprise sacking at Southampton last week.
The very spirit of football once again finds itself tainted by the meddling and cold headed ruthless corporate bigwigs who's cold hearted decisions defy the spirit of the beautiful game time and time again.
This time a true footballing and honest man who has sweated blood and tears to get Southampton back in the big time is sacrificed at the boardroom altar to 'help achieve the long term objectives of the club'. To most people the question begs - What does this mean??
The decision has not only astounded everyone but it should be a great cause of concern for everyone involved in football. Travel up the A3 from Southampton and before long you will come across another Premier League football club that is driven by an uncompromising board - Chelsea.
You speak to any Chelsea fan and he loves the club but as far as managers go they couldn't care less about them now. Why should they when the Chairman who appoints them treats them like disposable nappies?
Benitez is a walking hologram of manager, how can any Chelsea fan identify with him when it would be like befriending someone who is on death row? Benitez is the first of his kind. Worryingly he won't be the last.
As football continues to be seduced by money and the great big Capitalist engine driving it and the rest of our society, fans are starting to realise that the managers are no longer the Bosses they used to be.
Equally he poetry of football has had its audience ruined by the now commonly perceived notion that a football club needs money men to make their clubs successful.
Unfortunately this means the shock of Adkins' sacking will subside after a matter of weeks, even more so if Southampton's new, and relatively unheard of, manager puts together a string of early wins.
As undeniable as this truth is I am sure I am not alone in feeling sorry for Nigel Adkins, I am not alone in thinking that all of his hard work and dedication is an art that the club Southampton, their fans, and even ordinary fans of the game are all going to miss.
The thing is, as people we see these sorts of injustices happen everyday in our world now so what can we do? Well in my mind someone needs to make a stand. This is not a lefty rant but what's happening in football is a reflection on what is happening in our society?
If people don't make a stand there will be no poets, no artists just money men and their ways. Southampton fans here is an opportunity for you to make a difference. Rip up your season tickets and boycott all of your beloved clubs home matches until Adkins is reinstated.
Make a stand for football. Chelsea fans you should do the same.
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