By Guy Gorman
“We deserve success.” Do you really? It is a strange saying in football as it implies that the maintenance of the status quo – chosen clubs at the top, others always scrapping for points at the bottom – is fair for everyone. After all, Liverpool has won 18 league titles, so for them not to mount a strong title challenge in recent years is surely an affront to the football gods.
Manchester City is a proper club with proper fans. They have been living for a long time in the shadow of their prawn sandwich-eating neighbours; they deserve a title or two, no? Aston Villa were one of the founders of the original Football League. It’s not fair for them to be battling relegation. Why not send down West Brom instead – why, the Baggies don’t even have a European Cup to their name.
This is a strange attitude for many reasons. For one it is selfish. The implication that a club that already has a glorious history must then keep on retaining trophies is unfair and perverse. Take the aforementioned Liverpool. Their former legends – and man, there are many – seem to nowadays wear the look of someone who has just clogged up the toilet at a house party. Phil Thompson can barely find the words to describe his frustration as he endures another toothless display from his alma mater. You can’t help but wonder how long he expected Liverpool to dominate European football after he stopped