The series of protest organised by The Jimmy Hill Way Alliance have very successfully highlighted the plight of the club nationally and locally. The peaceful on pitch protest during the match against Sheffield United was seen by a national TV audience and yesterday’s sit in also gained good coverage.
Hopefully these and future activities will continue to pile on the pressure onto SISU and make their investors question their involvement with SISU and therefore our club.
During the Sheffield match the atmosphere was successfully stoked up by the use of large numbers of well co-ordinated whistles from certain sections of the crowd, highlighting the frustration and anger amongst the majority of Sky Blue fans. However the Sky Blue Trust believes the continued random blowing of whistles by individuals is proving counter-productive both in terms of an instrument of protest and in causing division amongst supporters.
Whilst to most fair minded observers at the match the cause of the Bolton equalising goal was simple defender error, some elements are blaming a whistle for causing momentary confusion in City’s ranks. This form of protest is now doing more harm than good to the protest movement which we are fully behind and the Trust is calling on all supporters to cease the use of whistles at games.
The Trust continues to fully support the efforts of The Jimmy Hill Way Alliance to rid our club of owners SISU, fully backs Russell Slade and the team and calls for all supporters to unite together behind both the protests and the team but without the whistles.Write comment (3 Comments)
The Sky Blue Trust would like to welcome Russell Slade to the club and wish him the best of luck for the rest of the season because he will need that commodity in spades if he is to succeed. Tim Fisher promised Jim White on Talk Sport that much needed money will be made available for new players in January, however he also said that the supporters protests at the last home match would dissuade managers from joining the club so Fisher’s statements can best be described as variable in accuracy.
Without experienced new additions the team will undoubtedly continue to struggle and whilst Slade is a seasoned manager he will be expected to make a silk purse from a sows ear. The fact that his contract is only until the end of the season not only appears to show little faith that Slade can turn things around but is typical of the short term approach that has characterised the SISU years and hindered the club’s progress.
Whilst as supporters we wish Slade and the team every success on the pitch, hopefully correcting the abject failure of Mark Venus, it is simply papering over the cracks that run deep through the club. It doesn’t address the other massive problems facing the club:
- the imminent homelessness of the Academy
- the plan to sell Ryton with no demonstrable replacement on the horizon
- the failure to secure a long term home stadium
- the failure to build real relationships with the supporters
- the fact that the threat of continued litigation, against parties the club should be building relationships with, is still in the air.
Whilst a capable manager is a good stocking filler for the Sky Blue faithful the real present would be the departure of Tim Fisher and the news that SISU were going – unlikely but Christmas is a time for miracles.Write comment (0 Comments)
From our friends at The Jimmy Hill Way Campaign
The Seppala Seven will be at the Carol Service by Jimmy's Statue at 6:45pm on Thursday, before the Sheffield United game. We have the songsheet for you to print out and bring along. Click here or use the link below.Write comment (2 Comments)