The public spat being carried out between Matt Southall and HE Tahnoon Nimer puts them both in a terrible and embarrassing light. Neither of them will come out of this well, and whilst the two individuals will have reputations damaged, perhaps infinitely, the biggest damage of all is to those that love the club, and those in the dressing room trying to save it from relegation against all the odds. All of us suckered in by the bullshit and lies.
Southall is a dead man walking, although apparently committed to still attending the CAST meeting tomorrow night. Mhmm, we’ll see. We’ll see if he makes it past lunchtime.
Southall was noticeably out of his depths in those early interviews. A chancer, a trickster, a fantasist. A failed businessman with a handful of Twitter followers up until the turn of the year. A football agent, who turned to Lee Roy Amiss, an estate agent. Known to those that have been going a few decades Amiss is a longstanding fan but he happily jumped on the bandwagon. He’d operated his own bandwagon’s before, but without any fame or fortune. A football agent and an estate agent…. what could go wrong.
We were all taken in by Southall, let’s be honest. We had questions, some more burning than others, but he was a good guy wasn’t he? A saviour, a communicator, A lifeline to better times. Yet, how did he ever get involved with the Abu Dhabi Business Development group? Football connections almost certainly, but where was the trust, the kinship, the bloody plan!
I have long studied ADBD since they came into our lives. The website is snazzy, but those companies and organizations shown are partnerships, business alliances. No obvious sign of the 60 companies that Nimer is said to run. I question Nimer’s wealth other than his link to the Private Office of H. H. Sheikh Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan.
Nimer appears to have plenty of time on his hands, and his use of social media, whilst the makings of a bestseller, is both tasteless and unsophisticated. Nimer does have a load more dirhams than Southall, that is obvious, but realistically he has to turn a big corner for us to trust him to take our club forward.
For the time being we are stuck with them both, and all of the other side characters. People are getting hurt, but no more than our beloved football club.
If you haven’t read today’s VOTV, it will throw some valuable light on this crazy situation.