I am still not sure why the board are getting blamed for Sunday’s debacle.
They did not sign or coach the players, they did not pick the team, the formation or the solitary tactic. In fact, they do not interfere in that at all, they back the manager 100%, give him more cash than he ever wants to spend and total freedom on how it’s spent in both transfer fees and contracts.
There are plenty of supporters out there who would love to have our board in charge of their clubs.
Apart from the money they themselves nick each year in wages, expenses and “consultancy fees” – which is itself a much smaller % of the clubs income nowadays than anything David Dein et al ever helped themselves to and at lot less than what the Glazier’s take out of Manchester United.
The only thing you can criticise them for is giving Wenger a new contract. But when he papers over the cracks with an occasional FA Cup win and so many of the club’s customers – like the extended supporter base on Twitter – refuse to see what has been so painfully obvious to the rest of us for years now, then also who can blame them?
The simple fact is that if we had won the league by a dozen points last year then nobody would even be talking about the board.
Yes, the entire club is rotten to the core, but there’s only one man with “complete control of the football side of the business”. Complete control means just that, along with both complete credit and complete blame.