Apparently the current squad is full of talented individuals. They are a great bunch of lads. There’s a good spirit in the dressing room. They just need time to gel. No, no, no and again I say no. It is time for us to put an end to this desperate spin by the Chairman, former manager and current caretaker incumbents. They are none of these things. They are fucking rubbish! Stand up and admit it – say it loud and say it proud – this Gillingham team is absolutely not fit to wear the shirt.
The new manager, whomsoever that might be, has a big job on his hands trying to turn this monumental pig’s ear into something resembling a silk purse. In fact, it would take half of a miracle to turn it into a hessian sack. Ronnie Jepson has lumbered us with an old, slow, immobile nightmare of a squad. It is difficult to see how it can be improved without major surgery taking place.
Which, of course, is the problem. Finances dictate that major surgery cannot take place. Whilst it would be easy to blame all the current failings on the outgoing manager (which Chairman Scally has clearly attempted to do) it would be grossly unfair to do so. Because let’s be honest, if Jepson had the budget to have gone out and bought better quality players he would have done so. The reason we ended up with embarrassing, past it wasters like Steve Lomas is because that was all we could afford (although I have no clue how we managed to spend 200K on a defender, and nothing on anyone else – I think we will have to refer that one to Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World).
I’d been thinking to myself in recent months that we’d hit rock bottom, and now we could stabilise, then start moving forward again. But you know, I don’t think we have done that at all. The only evidence for an improved financial base has come from the mouth of the Gillingham Chairman. And you know what – I don’t believe him. And certainly the figures contained in the club’s recently published accounts do not back him up in any way.
But of course, everything is going to be fine because the financial restructuring with the bank will soon be complete, and we will be sitting in a brand new stadium with only £2 or £3 million debt to stop us skipping gaily back into the Championship. Also, the Gills Chairman has fairies living at the bottom of his garden. No, he does, honest.
So we await the appointment of the new manager with bated breath. Scally says there have been squillions of high quality applicants, some with Premiership experience (Glenn Roeder – NO!). Everything is going to be alright isn’t it. The malaise that has been hanging over this club since before we were even relegated is going to magically lift and all will be right with the world. And if you believe that…….