Wilson’s Wisdom: Sport of moaning is growing

Former Pompey boss Andy Awford   Picture: Joe Pepler
Former Pompey boss Andy Awford Picture: Joe Pepler
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If moaning was in the Olympics, I’d fancy our chances of getting a gold medal.

Team GB didn’t need too much help in London 2012 to carry off a load of medals but without home advantage, they might need more of a helping hand in Rio next year.

So if we can get a new sport in that we are quite good at to boost the tally, so much the better.

If selection proves to be tricky, I think I can find some raw talent from our neck of the woods that can perform on the biggest stage of them all – especially when it comes to having a whinge about their football club.

As a cynical hack, sifting through the PR spin and nonsense can be a tedious business.

So this is not suggesting everything in the Fratton Park garden is rosy and we all skip around full of the joys of life. Okay,
so the 2014-15 season wasn’t very good and did not meet our expectations.

It’s not the end of the world is it?

Football can be a fickle mistress.

If you are a regular visitor to Fratton, you’ll have heard the chuntering throughout the season.

If you’re not, just have a look in our comments section beneath most of our stories on the website at portsmouth.co.uk and you’ll get a flavour.

When former boss Andy Awford agreed to do an interview about his time in charge this week – after several requests to do so – you’d hope some would appreciate the fact there was an honest appraisal from him.

He accepted he had made mistakes and the team had not done as well as they should have this season. Fair enough.

But he also suggested there was a difference between a target of reaching the play-offs or it being seen as a minimum requirement that would result in him leaving the job if Pompey didn’t get there.

As he stated, if that had been set in stone, he would not have agreed to take the job in the first place.

Was it interesting insight? A valid point for discussion? Or pointless drivel?

Some felt it was ‘embarrassing’ or ‘cringeworthy’ that the former manager had spoken and everyone should move on, including the media outlet – yep, that’s us – that published his views.

A football manager will always get criticism from those who think they can do the job better.

And in our position of covering the club’s fortunes, we’ll sometimes get a bit of stick too.

I’ve got no problem with it and I must admit I had to laugh at my own expense when one contributor recently suggested my writing style was better-suited to those Janet and John books you had to read in infant school.

I took it as a compliment.

A mate of mine was recently discussing how he had to return a new faulty vacuum cleaner he’d bought and how his temper had got the better of him with a staff member at the supposed poor service – even though the store in question simply swapped it for a new one.

‘Did you pop into the shop to praise them for their good service for the other one that lasted you 20 years?’ I ventured.

He didn’t get my point.

When things are good, plenty of people will often keep their mouths shut.

But some just like to moan.