As ever, your correspondent Harty gets straight to the heart of the matter of all things Albion, where things have taken a turn for the worse of late, with the manager (Poyet) falling out with the chairman (Bloom).
I was especially impressed by his comparison of the relationship to a failing marriage: how right he is as it really does ‘take two to tango’.
But does it? As Harty wisely observes, sometimes there is indeed acrimony, and this can be truly the fault of one party rather than other – as with Harty’s friends (‘because of the nature of their partners’) this will be the root cause of the breakdown.
So, in the case of the Albion we need to work out who is in the role of the innocent (in effect, Harty’s friends) and who is in the role of the culpable (in effect the wife/husband of Harty’s friends whose unreasonableness causes all the blinking problems!).
Is Poyet Harty’s friend, or is Bloom? All of which raises an even bigger question: can you be, just by virtue of being one of Harty’s friends, virtually blameless? Could being one of Harty’s friends be adduced as evidence of innocence in a court of law? (On balance and after thinking deeply about the matter, I’d say ‘yes’.)
Which in turn leads to even bigger questions: how can one become one of Harty’s friends? Could just being a fan of his column qualify someone? I truly hope so.