Opportunists in football are easy to find. Fresh from a defeat against Celtic, former Newco chairman Dave King, didn’t miss a beat to launch a post-Celtic attack on his former board colleagues. Apparently, they undervalued club shares by a recent issue at 25p/share, suggesting that price was 40% below market. Then he threw out the notion of season ticket holders asking for a 40% discount on renewals, which are due out shortly.
In going on to say, “It’s the supporters, not the directors, who should be prioritised”, he does his best Marc Anthony, here to bury, not to praise, impersonation. By saying “it’s the supporters”, he is actually telling people his own values are selfless. The statement is clearly self-serving.
He resigned from Newco shortly before Celtic secured their second nine-in-a-row. Since then, Newco won their only league title, major domestic trophy and reached a European final. Achievements beyond their fans wildest dreams three years ago. Short of appointing their sporting director, Ross Wilson, little of King’s work endured through the subsequent period.
Some football fans cannot help but tear their club apart, wallowing in the misery of defeat, which secretly resenting success which they didn’t predict. Those, like King, are easy to spot from the outside, less so if you are enduring emotional pain. Watch out for them, they are at every club just waiting for their moment.