Updated: Apr 30, 2019
In the past couple of days social media has been rife with Town fans arguing amongst themselves, and I'll hold my hands up, I've been involved in that argument as well. The arguments have been quite polarising and tend to be between those regarded as overly negative and the other side who are seen as blindly positive. In this article we take a look at the debate and propose the need for a middle ground.
Life isn't black and white
That's the main point that fans need to remember. Me and all of you reading this now are Town fans and we love this club, but we do have differing opinions and those opinions change from time to time.
If someone complains about how bad we are going forward, it doesn't mean they hate the club, want Wagner out or want to see us fail. Equally if someone tells you to keep the faith, it doesn't mean they aren't hurting about our recent poor form.
Reflection of society
Unfortunately, I feel that the polarisation of views and opinions in a reflection of the society that we live in right now. No-one is allowed to have opinions that are nuanced without being assigned to one extreme group of people or views.
Log onto Twitter now and search #Brexit and you'll see exactly what I mean. Anyone saying that they are worried about immigration will immediately be labelled as a racist and anyone defending the EU will be called a snowflake.
If like me, you liked and disliked parts of the EU then there's something fundamentally wrong with you. It's almost obligatory to have extreme views and align yourself with one specific belief group.
What can be done?
Read everything, absolutely everything and most importantly read the things that you don't agree with. Try to understand other people's points of view before arguing with them about why they're wrong.
Read something twice as well, make sure you fully understand it and read it objectively before you criticise it for being too negative or too positive. After Town lose 6-1 to City you need to understand that some people will be angry, and say that it was a disgrace. That's just the way they are feeling after a huge disappointment and that's okay.
After a 2-0 loss to Stoke in the League Cup and a fantastically inept own-goal, some people will look on the bright side. They'll undoubtedly be upset about the result, but they're choosing to remain optimistic, and there's nothing wrong with that.
We're all Town fans aren't we? We all want the best for the club. I'm very disappointed at David Wagner's tactics recently, but I also have complete faith in him to turn things around in the next few games. I'm not negative or a happy clapper, and neither are you, we're just Town fans.