The Big Issue - (3)
Descending Down a Spiral Staircase of Sand
So this will be a slightly rushed feature today, and for that I apologise. I have a pressing commitment for the next 3 or 4 weeks for my job which I left the UK for last night, so expect a few weeks of shorter articles, although I`ll do my best!
So what exactly do I mean by the title of this article? What on earth am I on about? Well clearly it`s a fall from grace, a slip slip slide away down a tricky staircase designed to make you descend faster than you planned. It`s the bottomless pit with no ending, a tunnel without the light and a very unstable way to travel.
The staircase should be the stable part of this equation, its construction should be controlled and laboured, it should be precise and it should be made using squares, rectangles and steel. The staircase is the foundation; it is the rock, upon which we plant our flag.
The staircase is also fickle mistress, it turns from steel to sand in a matter of seconds and the hand rail will fall away into oblivion at the tiniest touch. Sometimes the floor boards on the staircase which look solid will crack under the weight of our expectation, so we must proceed with caution.
There is no funnier business than football, because you can go from hero to zero in no time at all. Opinions are made, and changed constantly, and there is apparently no belief in sustained development being the most successful option, despite it being proven time and again that this works. Right now we are sliding away down our spiral staircase, which is falling to pieces right when success was within our grasp...but this is not the end.
How we react now says a lot about our club and us as a set of supporters. We have had a few years of steady climbing up and up, only for it to turn to sand and take us sliding away with it. It is no surprise that there is frustration and disappointment about the recent run of results, and many are wondering whether our staircase was really made out of solid stuff to begin with.
But our staircase is what we make of it. The staircase can be whatever you like it to be; it can be the team, the fans, the manager or the board. Even throughout this article I`ve talked about 'the staircase` which has in fact represented a few different things throughout the text.
While we continue our slide downwards, we will continue to blame 'it`. But in reality, our spiral staircase is made out of whatever we believe it to be made out of. In other words, if we believe our player base, or our manager isn`t the solid and stable creation we had hoped it to be, we are destined to fall away to the bottomless pit at the bottom of our staircase - A bottomless pit of criticism and frustration.
Ignoring the prose and poetry, we are in this together, the team, the manager and us as fans. If we cannot stand by the other players in this story, we are destined to crumble like the staircase. I for one am taking stock about what I am doing to support this club in the most productive way possible, and I hope the people who cheered Gabby off the pitch on Sunday do the same. Who would have thought it...a local lad, an academy player who has become the villain of the piece...alongside 'The thinker` in Martin O`Neill...a character who even a Batman comic writer would have struggled to conjure.
These people are not the villains of this piece; they are the opportunity. Show your support for the people who are working for our club, and together we can make a staircase made out of the right stuff.