Wilson’s Wisdom: Not all fans get involved in the grand Pompey debate

Pompey boss Paul Cook recently discussed the impact of social media on the modern game  Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey boss Paul Cook recently discussed the impact of social media on the modern game Picture: Joe Pepler
Michael Smith in action for Bury against Northampton Picture: Sharon Lucey

Much-maligned striker back to face Pompey

0
Have your say

There have been many changes to the modern game –and not all of them have been for the better.

Perhaps one that is now becoming more prominent is the search for instant gratification.

That’s not anything smutty, before I start getting even more complaints than usual.

Instead, it’s the demand for the quick fix.

Players are seemingly now judged after a handful of games and some are even written off after just one performance.

Managers are now under pressure for their job after a few straight defeats.

Everyone has their say and there is platform out there for everyone as Paul Cook suggested this week when he discussed the impact of social media on the modern game.

Take a glance and the spectrum of opinions can veer from the considered view to the crazed ramblings of a madman.

And those are just from the sports reporters at The News and Sports Mail...

Delve a little deeper – especially after a Pompey game – and there are some startling views where you wonder if you’ve just watched the same game.

And you don’t have to immerse yourself in social media or the internet to get a flavour of it.

Walking out of Fratton Park, you may overhear the odd snippet of an opinion that has been formed very quickly.

Sometimes, those conclusions are drawn without the full extent of information available.

To some, if you suggest you haven’t made up your mind on something yet, it is almost seen as a show of weakness.

But snap decisions aren’t always accurate as everyone rushes to form their opinion on what went right and what went wrong.

Not everyone is like that.

A mate of mine has held a Pompey season ticket dating back to the 1990s.

But not once has he ever asked me about what’s going on behind the scenes at Fratton Park.

Frankly, he doesn’t care.

He goes for a pre-match pint or two, he goes to watch the games, he’s passionate about supporting the team, but when that final whistle is blown, he turns off his Pompey switch and he goes home again until the next time.

He doesn’t keep up to date with new signings or the club news.

Amusingly, he explained how he turned up on day one of the new season barely recognising any of Cook’s overhauled team after a summer pursuing his other interests.

He goes to watch a football match and has very little interest in everything else that goes with it.

If everyone thought in a similar way, I’d probably be out of a job.

But in a way, you have to admire that sort of attitude.

His belief is that football just isn’t that important.

His opinions on matches stretches as far as to whether he enjoyed them or not.

He doesn’t believe he could do a better job than the manager and doesn’t have advice for players on what they should be doing better.

Most of us can have differing views and can still enjoy the debate, while others seem to get rather more heated.

Sometimes, maybe that bit of tolerance and extra perspective wouldn’t go amiss.