I’ve never been a part of the boys’ club, I’m an independent. [Mark Thompson, interview below]
Leadership is an interesting thing – compare to Cameron in the post Saturday. What does one make of a leader who raises a struggling club from virtually nothing, is almost sacked, turns it around, wins two flags and sets up a power era, in which they still partially are?
Yet the man himself is deeply flawed. Adjectives for him include spasmodically brilliant, uncompromising on basic principles, was a sinner in real life but then matures, still immature in many ways, unpredictable, can be petulant, feels things deeply, is quietly arrogant, does care but gives the appearance of not caring, can be less than honest or rather sly whilst not telling actual porkies, commands respect from the men, is the despair of the women, has the score on the board to be judged by eventually.
It’s more for reasons of the flawed man than for anything football that I include the clip below, particularly the last few minutes.…