Having insulted virtually every Phoenix supporter, it seems Mad Gareth Morgan is left with a hard core of 1,000 according to the Dom Post:
âThe Welnix consortium has had talks with Wellington City Council about downsizing from the 34,500-seat stadium and shifting to Newtown Park, which has 1000 seats, no floodlights, and limited parking.â
I called it right last Thursday when our answer to Sir Alex Fergusson invokedÂ his novel marketing tactic of calling Phoenix supporters thick just for wanting them to win a game.Â Â When Morgan said on Radio Sport that a âmore attractive, possession-based passing style, was required for success in the long-termâ.
âNo, not if you a). Not have any fans,Â b). right-size to a public park to fit attendanceÂ and c). have decent players avoiding your LOSER team like the plague.â
It turns outÂ Option B was right on the button according to the Dom Post.Â
Because Newtown Park (which is beside Wellingtonâs pathetic excuse of a Zoo) has little in the way of facilities, will Gareth Morgan add âcorporate bludgerâ to his titles of Orca feeder, cat killer and Phoenix cheerleader?Â Â It seems he has decided to cut off the bogans from the Hutt Valley as supporters given Newtown Park isnât the most accessible place, even by public transport.
But since Morgan wants everyone to cough up the cost of theÂ EgregiousÂ Taxation Sham (ETS) heâs a huge fan of, I have some questions for New Zealandâs foremost expert on anything and everything:
1.Â Â Â Â Do you personally, or your sporting teams, voluntarily pay the Government the ETS on international flights givenÂ overseas travel is ETS exempt?
2.Â Â Â Â Do your teams (Phoenix and Hurricanes) pay theÂ real costÂ of Westpac Stadium rather than the ratepayer subsidised price?
3.Â Â Â Â When you do relocate to Newtown Park (or a smaller venue at the rate you are going), will Gareth Morgan FC pay the cost of installing grandstands, lighting and parking, or do you expect Wellingtonâs ratepayers to underwrite millionaire owners and their hobbies?
4.Â Â Â Â Heard of âmarket forces?â
Maybe, the Phoenix is proof you can make a small fortune out of professional sport, so long as you start with a much bigger one first.
And just think this is only the A-League. Wellingtonâs sporting fans must eagerly await what this savant will do to the Hurricanes.