Dear Peter and Paul
As a long time Demon fan and member, I want to thank you for blaming me and my fellow supporters for Melbourne’s current woes.
You see, you’re spot on about us Melbourne fans being negative. I guess that comes from almost a decade of complete incompetence both on field and off.
In that time, I, like so many other Demons supporters have continued to fork over our money for absolutely nothing in return.
We could have simply taken that money, put in in the fireplace in our chalets, set it on fire and watch it go up in smoke. At least in that scenario we would have had a brief moment of warmth.
Instead, we’ve turned up week after week, watching our team regularly turn in some of the most insipid performances ever produced on a sporting field.
It’s not the massive losses that gets me, the complete absence of basic skills or even the ability to invent new ways to stuff up.
What gets me is the teams ability to continually just not even try. Lately, this has happened from the opening bounce, it hasn’t even been in response to any pressure.
Now, I’m not all negative. There’s no doubt our drafting has improved recently and financially the club seems to be finding it’s feet after a fair bit of help from the AFL.
Players like Jesse Hogan, Christian Salem and Angus Brayshaw make me feel positively positive about the future.
What really annoys me though is when the very expensive senior coach blames the fans for some incredibly poor showings by the club and then the CEO rushes out to clarify that it’s nobody at the club being negative but it’s the supporters.
That’s just insulting.
Unlike the fans who support the club financially and through attendance, you guys are being paid to watch this decade-long train wreck.
Ultimately, you work for us.
Negative or not, the fact we show up at all or buy our memberships is a miracle. We are doing our part.
Blaming us is a cheap exercise in blame shifting. You guys are following some of the worst administrators and coaches in living memory in international sport. It shouldn’t be that hard to look good.
Paul, you probably have got us on the right track but you take the money and you take the responsibility. That includes criticism for being behind schedule on turning the club around on the field.
Peter, you are doing an excellent job but attacking the fans is a huge mistake. You’ll be asking us for money in just a few months. Better to back us than the coach who is already edging towards the door.
A public apology to all the Melbourne fans would be appreciated from both of you.
Super positive regards