............if you have a closed mind, but please do if there is a smattering of your inner self which is prepared to listen to an alternative view into the matter at hand. I wanted to summarise my current feelings as a way of signing out on the hot topic of DS leaving as I feel like a hamster in a never ending wheel unsuccessfully trying to make the same point. Since I took semi-retirement at the end of March this year I never thought I'd be spending as much time on here as I have the last few days. I blame the Board!! Context I'm a fan of 60 years. The only reason I mention that is because I know and feel the emotion out there. I share it. It's not me trying to say that my dick is bigger than anyone else's. I also know what my Dad taught me: * Always listen. * There are two sides to every argument. Daniel What a wonderful human being. I wish he was my brother. Having him in our lives for that part of our lives which we hold dear has been like we've been living in a wonderful never ending springtime summer. I love him. I don't think British football (sorry......soccer) has seen the like of him before. I wish him and his family well for the future and if he does end up managing in this country again (quite likely I think) I hope he's successful, with the obvious exceptions of course. But....I've said it before and I will say it again: Just because he's a wonderful human being does not in any way make him a successful Championship football manager and we shouldn't forget....that's why he was here. Love him as I do, his tactics have been questionable to say the least this season. Just have a look at Red Rains analyses and you can learn why. (we do play 4231 by the way and not 433) Lovely people lose their jobs sometimes. And then life moves on. Could he have helped us survive? The jury is out for me. The Statement Universally condemned and clearly I can understand why. However, this is where my opinion starts touching a few nerves (possibly Vesper and Durkar Red aside). On the face of it it was crass. Of course, an additional line thanking him for his services would not have been too much to ask for. However, and this is the thrust of my argument, none of us know what actually went on. People are jumping to conclusions without knowing what went on. If you were being charged with a crime and the jury didn't take into account all the facts would it be fair? The Board have been charged by many of you. Let them construct their response before cutting their throats. I've issued statements from a Business perspective where the departing Employee has not been thanked. Sometimes there are sound moral reasons for taking such an approach. Hope to goodness that's not the case here. Regarding the board not getting up off their arse and putting out a follow up, then we should all just hold our horses for the minute and calm down. I would be very surprised if they weren't at work drafting something else as we speak. Lets judge that content when we see it. The Board For heaven's sake stop shouting "Sack the Board" from the rooftops! What good does it do? Who will take over? How can they sack themselves? Well, they can actually, indirectly, they can run the club down and sell it. But who would buy the club? The fans? Gimme a break! How long did it take Patrick to find a suitable Buyer? If anyone else has an alternative then for God's sake shout up!! If not then please STFU because its pointless noise. The Xenophobia Again, turn down the volume guys. If I owned a business and turned up for work every day to be met with a constant tirade about how **** I am because of where I'm from I might just think about packing my bags. Nudger gets some stick on here but if you've not seen one of his latest posts then have a look. A voice of reason in a febrile sea of hostility. Well done Nudge cocker. The Petition / Protests / The Swansea game I will protest against the things which I disagree with and feel strongly about. I love a good protest . It's one of the great things about being British. The opportunity to protest peacefully. So, I've marched for gay rights, anti-fascism, anti Thatcher, anti Brexit (sorry) etc...However I have never protested against something about which I didn't know the facts. That's why I will not be screaming to sack the Board against Swansea, and why I will not be signing the very badly worded petition which has been posted on here (sorry Stahlrost old friend; a friend who I know loves BFC as much as anyone I know) As part of the current "protest" lots of people (including some who I hold close to my heart) are thinking about not going anymore. I want them to continue going but they have to act according to their conscience. I have only ever thought about not attending on two occasions: 1. I've thought about not going to away games due to the drunken abusive aggressive idiot morons who have rightly been called out on here, and 2. Now. I will not attend any more if this hostility carries on, particularly if its carried on into games. In games where we have recruited a group of hungry young players who are undoubtedly very talented, but who need organising and shaping, and who are giving their all for the club.And I do agree with the need for mebbe 2/3 experienced heads. Summary My daughters tell me that I am a grumpy old bastard but through all that I still hold true to my old man's advice and never more so than now. We should listen to what the Club have to say when they are ready to say it and we should try and understand their side of this thing which is driving a wedge between us as fans. Oh and its not their fault that the wedge is there. Its because we're all invested in this thing and its because we care. Once we know more, then that's the time to make a call. That's my full stop on this thing.