In October, November and December we were told by everybody and his puppet that West Ham needed to sell players to survive.
I wish the ones responsible for those crap articles were forced out in the public and made to repent! Some were pointing out the irrationality in that, but the fact that things are decent isn’t much of a story is it?
That kind of dooms day talk unsettles people and it must have made Zola, Nani and Dux’ job unnecessary difficult. To persuade not only the players but also the fans and the media that the Club was in a decent financial position and was not on a slippery slope of financial uncertainty that was about to throw everybody at the Club into a huge depression of Icelandic proportions.
In those situations it is something of a problem when the bloke in charge is not trusted. It took me until the ludicrous Cole to T*ttenham/Juventus rumours to be quite certain that he was actually telling what he thought was the truth. It took - “The January transfer window gives us an opportunity to show that we mean what we say” (or something along those lines). That’s a statement that would have made Dux look totally ridiculous and completely unreliable (if he has a problem with that) if we ended up selling important players without buying relevant replacement.
I must say Duxbury seem to be doing most things right at the moment and if it wasn’t for his history of delivering non-truths and the blunt way he communicates, I’d be happy with him.
So am I softening up to Duxbury here?
I don’t know, I don’t think so and it most certainly does not mean I trust the guy as I don’t believe in people changing. I’ll let his actions do the talking. However, it seems he is now in a situation that he can handle, surrounded by people he can work with and does not need to revert to half-truths and smoke screens. It may be that in that kind of a situation he actually does a decent job.
But we should not forget to keep a "watchful eye" on his doings and keep in mind that his words is sometimes of less value.