Well Nuno has gone off into the wilds of whatever for the rest of his existence. I was sad to see him go as even though he was as easy as 10D chess to work out he was a lubricant between us and the club…as itchy as that lubricant was any way. So what goes on now? A load of videos from Molineux Towers about Fosuns plan for the future. I think it was (on paper) a great idea but was it really? We have been deep into the Fosun Matrix and have been hoodwinked into believing that this was the way forward, that this was real and existing when it really was just a series of pantomimes (Jeff in the Hogshead etc) and illusions (Southampton away and Wembley).
No one believes a word of what Fosun says any more…well some do, but we know those people so there’s no danger there at all. But nah we don’t believe a fucking word of it. Video number 3 was funny. Poor old Johnny Phillips looks like he’s been kidnapped by dudes who are planning to invite him into their man only sex orgy later on. He doesn’t look happy at all. Slightly flushed, a bit tense, a bit beta…all those things. Must have been some gun men just off camera staring very closely at him. There’s a round table set up so it looks all circular as if the debate and conversation that goes on there will be some sort of free flow of information and concepts. But it’s nothing like that. Instead it looks one way. Jeffs way. He has unleashed some backroom gonks into our knowledge. Lovely. Who are these knobheads? The shirts look a bit tight. Body language is tense and guarded. There are many allusions to being from a working class background, always a giveaway that you are going to get shafted. They DO look tense. They look like they are engaged in a great conspiracy…who am ya?
Vinny Clark is an odd’un. Bit of a sweaty, big lad, eyes hidden in a big plump face. Anger there definitely underneath the placid fat boy happy face is an angry driven dude. He will be in charge of ‘growing the brand’ while he grows his waist line as well I suppose. Now I know we shouldn’t really pick on peoples appearances and issues but hey this is a global business this Blog and I’m pushing it into areas like South America and China, growtyh areas where humour about fat people is seen as a ‘Growth strategy’ in more ways than one. So yeah Lizard No1 is fatman Clark.
Scott Sellars we know. A technical football Gonk at Compton. Interesting he is here. I suppose it was to chat about other matters like football. I don’t know I just wanted to look at him and see why he was there. He looked stressed out like Clark. Eyes flicking to Phillips then to Jeff and back again. I don’t think Scott looks very happy. I think he knows that there is a load of bullshit flying around and in one way he doesn’t want it but he’s thinking about the dollar aspect and his future career so he ay saying much. Little nods, weird beard, vocalising is often sub vocal which means fear. Interesting.
Russel Jones is pretty easy to suss out. Lizard. Brand marketing and brand narratives. All the fucking keywords are there and they fall out of his gob like the Tories have just knocked your door and they want to give you their ‘New Speak’. Much talk of ‘Pack mentality’ and other ‘Pack’ related bollocks. So it’s him that drives the ‘WONPOK’ Narrative which we all know doesn’t exist. Very good in his replies. Says much without saying anything at all. I suspect he is the important one here. He knows Wolves being ‘a fan’ all his life. So he’s the one Fosun have chosen to be the ‘Splitter’ or the Enforcer. He’s the Gonk playing the Goebbels role. I don’t like the look of him. Too political, too deep into the Fosun system because he’s used to operating in them. I bet he hates being outed into the big wide world. Now we know who he is we can look at him more deeply.
Few more Gonks for sure. That Matt Wild for one. He’s important he is. I was watching him during some moments where Jeff Shi is waxing about Wolves fans and Matt raises his eyebrows. Now I know it’s a wide shot but fucking hell. Watch it yourself. If Wild is rasising his eyebrows at the narrative that game out of Jeffs gob then I’m sure we can.
What does it all mean? Well the club of course is following models. It’s what the Chinese do best especially Fosun. They take something that seems to work. Pick a successful club in the Premier League. Any club and that’s the model they will follow come what may. It means the fanbase will die of course. Anything you remember fondly about Wolves will be gone. It’s all about global growth and growing the fucking ‘brand’. The brand that people like you and me followed across the country for years. A brand for fucks sake. This is what we are now. Something like Aldi or Sport Direct, Sainsbury, Marmite, Land Rover. You are not a supporter any more you are a loyal brand follower. I mean we know the brand followers, you see them at the early round FA cup games when the people who usually have the seat in front of you are replaced by non football people. What do I mean by that? Limbs. You can always tell when we score a goal and they cower down like they are riding the Splash Canyon or some other mad shit like that. Poor Little Tarquin crying because all these nasty uncouth, foul mouthed AND EVIDENTLY THEY HAD BEEN DRINKING dudes that were enjoying their teams football. Brands man. Fucking hell. It’s going to be very quiet at Wolves in the next few years.
‘Jeff’ Shi. Wonder what his real name is, not the Anglicised Jeffrey but his real name. I want to know, so if we are talking truthfully here I would like to know who is talking to me. It was very slick the whole thing. I don’t of course believe a fucking word of it. They are lying. In my opinion, they are telling spun dogma from the Lizards at Fosun. As a disclaimer all these opinions are mine only and I am throwing them out there for the record. There isn’t going to be any Independent Supporters group and no real chance of getting in there and asking important questions so I do it here. If you or your mates don’t agree with what I’m saying then fuck off and don’t read it. If you disagree with anything on here then tough shit. It’s the Totalitarian Peoples Republic of YamYam land and I’m the Gaffer. Off you fuck.
It’s all bullshit. One Pack? Yeah if you have the dosh to join in with it of course. If not then your pack will be at home with the dog watching Wolves on the TV. You are not important any more. You are not wanted at Molineux. Your excess drinking and rowdy behaviour will not be tolerated in the new bright Wolves experience. Look at the state of you. How can Wolves grow as a brand when the camera alights on some vociferous angry face in the stands bellowing on their team instead of a sitting family of four enjoying their Noodles and cookies along with their watery beers. Throw a few foam hands in and fucking hell there you go. Molineux should be a welcoming experience to all fans of football. People should see Wolves as a way to dispose of cash in exchange for an ‘experience’. What that experience will be is a dull load of bollocks. Just throwing it out there like.
It’s a model we hear a lot about but you know it’s quite an old model, a bit shoddy really…and it doesn’t fucking work either. It’s post modernist in it’s ideas. A deeply cynical model that perhaps had it’s day five years ago but now it’s a twitching corpse of a thing. Fosun have made a big fucking booboo picking it. It’s idle businessing. It’s the Chinese doing what the Chinese always do. Adapt a lucrative product and re-sell it cheaper and bigger. Don’t for a minute think about your own ideas, just nick someone elses. It will look like it’s working of course. You will see more videos and more slickness. You may even see the Wolves team compete in Europe and perhaps win something. But it won’t be Wolves like me and you know it. It will be a different, much different groove altogether. What the people of Wolverhampton are to these people are minor hindrances, problems and aggravations to FosunWolves. You don’t matter any more. And I think we are in for a long wait for them to fuck off…which they will eventually.
Now I know I have parroted long waxings about how Fosun are great and a ‘good thing’ and I have defended them much over the past few years. That was cool and needed at the time because me, in my beautiful dysfunctional existence tend to believe things that people tell me. Which is probably why I am an unsuccessful knobhead at life. But I don’t believe any of this shit I’m afraid. We are being lied to and that’s the fucking zeitgeist I am getting off this ‘Forum’ for fan questions. They look dishonest and they feel dishonest to me. Looking at Shi I can tell those lies and bullshit come from above and are totally mantra to Fosun. The honeymoon period where we believed them is over. Now we look more closely and we don’t enjoy what we are seeing. Perhaps it’s a Wolverhampton thing. We really, deep down want people to like who we are and when people are nice and want to be involved in Yamyam things we are open and trusting. But there always comes a time when the lightbulb comes on and we realise…we are being shafted up the arse again. It’s pretty much over then. Wolves as a club we remembered is dead and buried and it’s all brand Wolves now. Are you ready for it?
Already we have lost opportunities. The Manchester United ‘dead rubber’ game was a sell out. We should have all stayed away in solidarity but nah. It was a scramble for tiers and for tickets and for the experience. A grasping I’m alright Jack load of bollocks from fellow Brandfanz. Fuck you mate, I’ve got a ticket. Take a photo and put it on Social Media. Look. At. Me. £45 for a game of fucking football against a reserve team and a Wolves team that really couldn’t give a fuck. We had a chance there and it has gone. Not for us the fan led madness that got the United Liverpool game off and forcing the Glazers to the negotiating table. None of that at Wolves. Just a placid acceptance that for the foreseeable future the modus operandi will be ‘Jeff’ sliding his Fosun engorged dick in and out of our arses. At first I was pissed off and angry but now I’ve thought about it I am quite content. There is nothing more boring than writing about nothing at all. That’s why you don’t get regular match reports on here. Now of course there is going to be much to write about. I’ve got people in Fosun and one in the club that I am talking to. They say much. Now I haven’t passed on much of it because well….I used to be connected with FosunWolves and what they wanted was what I wanted. A successful club competing with the worlds best. I wanted to be there with them and join in with that joy and madness. The old Crazy Train in those days 3-4 years ago was an all inclusive One Pack thing. Now it’s not. It’s a FosunWolves thing and we aren’t invited any more. That’s cool as well because slowly but surely since FosunWolves took over it hasn’t really been a joyful experience not the football…the experience.
What the rest of you are going to do I haven’t really got a clue. Maybe you will find the extra money to watch Wolves. Maybe you will enjoy the new experience of FosunWolves over the Wolves one. I don’t know. What I do see is Fosun making mistake after mistake and suddenly realising they aren’t the machine I thought they were. They can still crush and destroy but they cant construct dynamics. We have caught them telling lies and nobody likes a liar. As this age of Post Modernism draws to a painful end the world is growing into a new dynamic politically and commercially. It’s the dawning of the Age of Sincerity. I am a firm believer that the future can be predicted through the analysis of what and how people say things. FosunWolves through their heavily managed video question and answer series have made a major cock up in that their words solidify narratives we have whispered to each other in the past. When are they going to get really nasty? When are they really going to take the gloves off? At the moment ‘The Pack’ are telling themselves lies to nudge away that feeling that they are about to be shafted and that is exactly what is going to happen. There could have been other ways to grow Wolves into a global ‘brand’ but they have been shoved away for the familiar corporate strategies we know so well. Divide the fanbase. Drive a wedge between them. Fracture their narrative and impose your own through vigorous propaganda. When they are in that frenzied dance to chase a ticket or an experience turn them against one another and give FosunWolves a clear road to impinge their fanbase destroying policies. I am still going to write about it of course. It will be very interesting from an academic viewpoint and from a personal one too. I will try to get a ticket to as many matches as I can. Probably more away matches than home ones. I will try to build this blog into something that tells it how it is, not how FosunWolves want the world to see it.
Three years ago I rallied against the Lizards at other clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal, Spurs, Man City. I championed Fosun to be different to bring something unique and Wolverhamptony onto the stage. It hasn’t turned out that way. The Lizards are here and are very close to us. Jeff Shi isn’t what you think he is. Fosun aren’t what we thought they are. It will make brilliant blogging material. More lies will be unveiled as the months of Summer draw on and we can make more valuable/useful decisions about Fosun as this is the way this new age of sincerity will uncover the redundant shapes Fosun present to us. You see at some point in the future Fosun will have to come back to us because there is only so many slick media footage and memes they can present to their growing fanbase before that fanbase demands more. They will want to know about history and the culture of being a Wolves fan and FosunWolves will not be able to give them it because the meat of any club is formed by it’s local fanbase and it’s working class roots. The Codsallisation of Wolves will die on it’s arse because their new fanbase will not be bonded with the club through blood. Teams are dropped and picked up on a whim by these people even now people are moving through the club that have been known to wear the shirt of other clubs and rivals. These people are lauded and paraded…but we know they will be gone when the atmosphere isn’t shiny and new, isn’t something they can brag to their neighbours and workmates about. It will fail…but will there be anyone to turn to when it goes tits up?
Jeff what is your real name? Whatever. I’m going to be a fucking thorn in your side in the future. I will be talking to some fairly important people connected with my club over the next year. Anything I can find to beat you over the head with I will use. You started this scrap mate and I will (to the best of my ability) finish it. You and the rest of the nodders around that table are going to get some serious neck from me at every turn in the journey. All those new global fans are going to end up here at some point and I will make it my business to let them know how the fanbase really feel about you. I’ve watched knobheads like you and your mates come and go over the years. Some we hated and some we didn’t like, some we loved very much. But they have all gone now Jeff. But we are still here, and Jeff? We ay gewin anywhere.