Though he was more synonymous with the left wing in his playing days, John Salako has today courted a ripple of consternation by emitting a Tweet in which the former Crystal Palace wideman mentioned the EU Referendum, Donald Trump and Gareth Southgate in the same breath.
Drawing parallels with Brexit and Trump, Salako speculated that the FA should hire Southgate as England manager on a permanent basis as it represented a sea change in terms of the established norm.
Voted Brexit, would have voted Trump now I am voting Southgate. Fresh start new blood. So called big names didn’t deliver. So there we go.
— John Salako (@JohnSalako) November 15, 2016
Of course, Salako’s decision to pin his colours to the Twitter mast was met with an instant wave of dissent, with many users questioning his desire to seek change for change’s sake without deliberating the consequences thereof.
However, none of the replies were more personal and heart-breaking than the one posted by Palace fan (and former Salako worshipper) Chris Emmanuel, who was utterly dismayed to see his childhood idol come down on the side of Trump et al.
— Chris Emmanuel MMA (@cjemmanuel78) November 16, 2016
Oh man. That’s some powerful sentiment right there.