The chances are you read Adam Aiken’s “Fan’s Eye” column in the EDP yesterday. I did, and it further cemented my position in the increasingly uncomfortable Delia versus Peter Cullum “battle” that various media outlets, well ok Archant, look to be trying to create.
The underlying message that I’m picking up from the various newspaper articles and Mr. Aiken’s column is that the club should reveal why Cullum’s “offer” is unacceptable, if that is indeed the case.
All the speculation I have read in the last week or so is surrounding what the “offer” actually was. Was he offering £20m for the squad and expecting Delia et al to walk away? Or is he making an offer for their shares plus £20m for the squad?
That golden nugget of information is the missing piece of the puzzle, and as Cullum decided to “go public” via the EDP I would have thought they could have very kindly provided it from the outset – unless of course they don’t know the answer. In which case, did they ask?
Maybe they felt it was inappropriate to ask Cullum to reveal details of his full plan. If so, why should they expect the club to? If Mr. Cullum is unwilling to publicly state his intentions (which I think is reasonable enough), then you can’t expect the club to do so can you?
Let’s not hide behind a “£20m for squad improvements” headline. It might sell a few papers, it might rattle a few cages, but it doesn’t bring anyone any closer to knowing what is actually going on.
Want to turn a few more heads? Give us the facts about what the offer is and what it all means – then the club will have no choice but to say why they consider it unacceptable. Will they?
That’s the way to do it.