What Did You Expect Mike

Sunday, 14 October 2001, 0:01
2 mins read

After one of the most turbulent weeks this club has ever, or is ever likely to, see the picture of the man that helped put us in this situation asking for sympathy from the people is the very last thing you would want to see. Maybe the last but one thing, the worst would be Petty himself asking for sympathy.

But even to the bitter bitter end Lewis continues to contradict himself and this is another reason why sympathy will never be forthcoming. The News of the World and the Wales on Sunday have him edging after the sympathy vote whilst the Sunday Mirror quotes him as saying “Petty was right” Time certainly for Mike to admit, he is well out of his depth. Someone who thought he could handle what he was getting into and become a saviour and it went horribly wrong for him.

We are not condoning personal threats being made against him, far from it. However, what we do condemn are his statements to the Wales on Sunday first off about Addison and Nicholas. “They were aware of the business situation when they came here. They were immediately directed to offload five players. So what’s happened didn’t come as too much of a shock to them.”

So you are saying Mike that when you employed them you stated that they would be offloading five of their BEST players or just five players. You see Mike, there is a vast difference between the two statements. I cannot see too many football managers taking on the job at a cash strapped club and agreeing with the best players he has got just being sacked on the spot. Can you?

In the same interview with Paul Abbandanato he goes on “I intend going to the Brighton game and hold my head up. Doubtless I’ll get stick but it won’t be the first time.” Jesus Mike, you must be stupid – have you taken any notice of what the fans are feeling at this moment in time? And you think you can hold your head up? What reason have you got to do that?

And then he goes on, this time in the Wales on Sunday. “Hollins’ appointment and his new £115,000 a year contract was a typical example. Maybe I should have been stronger and resigned (Note from Phil – if only) when I felt certain wrong decisions were being made but I felt I was doing a good job at the club.” Then, looking for sympathy he says “I’ve lost my £80,000 a year job. I have a role to play in the club’s move to the Morfa stadium but my income has been curtailed.” If he is expecting people to think ‘poor old Mike’ then he is wider of the mark than he has ever been before. And to prove the lies, he also has stated in public before that his income was nowhere near the £80,000 that had been quoted and yet here he is asking for sympathy that he has lost the figure he claims he was never on.

But in a final kick in the teeth, we look at the Sunday Mirror where he says ”Petty will be the saviour of the Swans. There were five main parties interested in the club and his proposals were the most viable. Anything he has promised so far has been delivered on time.”

And this, of course, on top of him saying there were no other options and he had contacted everyone. The two contradictions this weekend? Steve Hamer saying he was never contacted and Mike saying in the Sunday Mirror the above quote about five interested parties.

You had a chance here Mike and you blew it – if you want sympathy I would suggest you look elsewhere from it and a personal thought is, please don’t come to the Brighton game, if you think you have had stick before then you really are not prepared at the moment for what some people will dish out at you. No threats Mike, just sound advice.

Lies to the very end

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