Misguided Ambition

Published by The Sage.

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I don’t think I have ever really understood ambitious people. To me, they tend to make decisions that take them out of warm, comfortable situations, and replace them with shit. Brendan Rodgers is one such person. I just don’t get him.

At the beginning of the week, amidst the rumours of Rodgers to Leicester, I wrote an article on here which suggested that he would be a good fit at Chelsea should they dispense with the services of Sarri. I stand by it and, while Celtic fans would have still paraded banners that denounced Rodgers as a ‘fraud’, it would have at least made a little more sense. Giving up 59,000 home supporters cheering on a ‘treble treble’ for mid-table mediocrity, does not.

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Please don’t misconstrue me, I quite like Leicester. I looked on with awe and wonder with everyone else when they performed the modern day miracle of going from relegation candidates one season, to Premier League winners the next. I’ve even forgiven their ‘excitable’ supporters for coining us away fans at the old Filbert Street ground (on two separate occasions) during the 1980s. It is more representative of an era than of Leicester City’s fanbase. And anyway, the lad in front of me managed to collect just north of £2 in his hat, and for fans of our club, 1980s Thatcherite Britain brought on tough times. That £2 would be worth over £6 now! I wasn’t opposed to the cardboard clappers (didn’t the club ban them in the end for safety reasons or was it for environmental ones?) and they certainly stack up favourably against Chelsea’s plastic flags.

But what does Brendan hope to achieve by going to Leicester? Another miraculous Premier League title? Call me a cynical and disaffected member of Generation X, but that ain’t going to happen. European football? Well he had that at Celtic, and at least he had a chance of Champions League football each season, while with Leicester it will be Europa League, which I don’t think he’s a fan of – check his record at Liverpool and you’ll see he never got beyond the Round of 32. Adoration of a huge supporter base? Hmmm … he has a lot more foes than friends now.

So, we’ll see where Brendan ends up. I rather suspect he may end up embracing the fate of many misguided, overly ambitious folk. In the words, but not the sentiment, of the song embraced by his previous two clubs, he may find that he has to ‘walk alone’.

 

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