People try to be conciliatory and offer olive branches,but you me friend deserve all you get!
Is because you've spoken to someone who knows, or just based on the media reports and 'statements'?
I was fully willing to give the Americans the benefit of the doubt, but things have just been getting worse and worse. Every time Hicks opens his mouth, he puts another foot in it - his mouth must look like a branch of Brantano by now.
I have said why. It's just that people aren't listening or comprehending. Of course the british press aren't helping.
I guess i'll explain it another way one more time.
I speak Texan. Or maybe understand them would be better. Whether you want to follow along or dismiss it totally. It's not my fault.
There's is an old saying it Texas, you're word is your bond
Stop and think about that for a moment. And please don't take what i am about to say out of context, just take it for what it's worth.
I've known and seen loads of Texans, especially those of Tom Hicks age where that means more to them than contracts and banks. Tom Hicks in his statements strikes me as another "one of those". As does his two sons.
I get a number of calls being in sales and as the technical guru for what I do from accounts around the state ( mind you I have the whole country). I get calls of get me what I need or I need to order this...and not once is price asked. That is because they know I ( the company) aren't going to rip them off. Whether it cost $25 or $250 for what they want. They also know the problem will be handled. We don't use an automated phone system. You talk to us. That's the way people like to do business. We had a record year last year in this bad economy and january has started strong again.
I am used to dealing with Texans. They say what they mean and you don't need an interpreter or mystic meg to read between the lines.
So when Hicks is quoted, that is exactly what he means. No more, no less.
And the way the press goes on and on and on along with supporters looking for every nuance or conspiracy, it feeds itself.
Some people don't want to believe the owner(s) when they speak. Well fair enough for you. You aren't alone but it makes for 50 page threads about all kinds of speculation.
Yesterdays events where Hicks said he backs Rafa was all I needed to see. Klinsmann is out of consideration and probably was after the december meeting. Hicks wants people he can trust. He doesn't need people complaining to the press. Does any company? So he gave Rafa the opportunity, face to face, not in the press to see what was what. He wanted to hear it from the man himself and read his face or body language. Wanted to see if he would lie to him. Harsh as that may seem but i'm going to tell you that's how Texans are. That's my take on what took place.
So Rafa is under that type of scrutiny. As long as Rafa does what he says, he's fine. He can complain or be upset with how fast or slow things are moving all he wants. As long as it is internally. If he has a problem he can call Hicks. I bet he was told that.
I am not going to get into a big debate about all the revelations in the media about various things. They have a job to do to sell papers. Their job is to take quotes and invent copy.
However, I do think that G&H need a better PR person. Someone who understands them and understands the British media for what they are.
I would take the job if asked.
because the club means that much to me and i'm tired of all the shite in the press.
And I am still of the opinion Rafa will be here next season. Unless Rafa is lying about wanting to stay and I think Rafas word is true as well.
So there you have it. And why all along I've felt Rafa would stay. I had some doubts in my mind a few times. I'll be honest about that. But nothing from any of the relivant parties made me think otherwise the more I boiled it down to what they said. Especially after the meeting. It wasn't about sticking up for G&H as many want to think. It was about my own personal take on the situation. If it was contrary to many others, that's all it was. And I know full well I was in the minority of posters. What I do hope is that people at least keep an open mind. Hard as that may be to do at times. Especially times like this.