I've just spent 45 minutes composing the most eloquent posting of my career ... and my connection drops. Wouldn't mind so much if I wasn't paying a king's ransome for Broadband.
OK, here's a vastly inferior summary.
It doesn't matter (at the moment) whether you believe Andy should go or stay. I have reservations about his man-managemment skills: I have heard Jimmy Jackson's point of view, but broadly speaking I & my friend Lennie Mac have posted on behalf of the "established" supporter & Lennie has even attacked "Johnny Come Latelies." OK, so what?
1. Johnny Come Latelies you may be, but we are eternally grateful for what you have done. As Lennie said, in the bad old days would his posting of "Who do you think you are kidding, Canvey Island?" ever have elicited any response, let alone those rousing renditions we heard in the closing games of our promotion season?
2. We old geezers are knocking you now - but why? You were like a breath of fresh air when we first sang your praises - you made a noise, you sang & you were positive. Why are we so disappointed now, then? Because now you sound just like those old grandads we had to fight against in the long distant days of our own youth. It's like those old fekirs have possessed you, body & soul, chaps.
3. We don't want you to go. We want you to get your mates back - who have gone - & get them behind the team.
4. We respect your point of view re. Andy, though some of us may disagree vehemently, but please DON'T express it at matches. Let's either arrange to meet in a civilised supporters' forum, perhaps at the club house or in a pub, or get properly involved at the next "Ask the manager" session.
5. Whoever runs the team needs the best possible base for moving forward. There's nothing to be gained from orchestrating such a dire situation that the current manager simply has to go.
6. It's our duty to support those players out there on the turf. At the moment, even with no change (yeah, ok, a striker brought in, The Duke, Penno & Trotty back from injury) I can't see us finishing below Farnborough, Forest Green, Margate or Tamworth.
7. I can't believe what some of you are saying about Steve McKimm. I thought he led by example on Saturday - until a knock & exhaustion got the better of him - & Rob Owen has been a relevation for me, this season.
8. In the first half hour against Chester I saw all the makings of a side who could really set the cat amongst the pigeons in the FA Cup this season. Just think what that would do for Club finances - even if we did finish 4th or 5th from bottom in the league. How much better off financially would we be this season, if only we hadn't lost that stupid game to a drummer from Genesis & a visually challenged linesman, last year?
Let's acknowledge our differences - you're entitled to your views just as I'm entitled to mine - & pull together. That doesn't mean I want you to accept everything in the garden is rosy - I'm not so sure it is, but one thing I am sure of: We all love this club.
Let's all stop chucking our teddies out the pram (& at each other) & do something about it.