I fully understand how you feel (ugh sound like a politician with that line).I'm not going to argue with any of that and it's exactly why I've been on the horns of a dilemma for years. I've always believed, both when desperate to be shot of the mad Frenchman and now when desperate to see the back of the parasitic American, that the only real weapon we fans have, is a financial one. So, year in, year out, I've been in mental turmoil , knowing that I should send a strongly worded letter, telling them where to stick their renewal, but also finding it impossible to sever the ST link that I've had for so long. Maybe it's irrational and I don't intend to sound in any way superior to supporters without a ST, but having one really makes you feel part of the Club. However, truth be told, it's not particularly a Club that I any longer wish to be a part of, but the connection still runs deep and is beyond rationale. I also understand that a ST renewal is in some way an endorsement of how the Club is being run.
You're right that part of it was dreading the idea of giving it up and then seeing Wenger leave almost immediately and a brave new world dawning, with me no longer the owner of a ST. I fully appreciate that managerial change will now only have limited impact, because the scourge of our Club is Stan Kroenke (I can't bring myself to call it his Club, which, whether we like it or not, it fucking well is ), so the fear of missing out on a rejuvenated team and club should be removed from my thinking. However, that was always the smaller part of the matter. The main issue was having to sever a visceral connection. Fuck knows, maybe it's time.
Anyway SK, thanks for fueling my perceptions of myself as a hypocrite !
Maybe I'm at 'stage 5' now and your still 'stage 4', as in I really am at the point of feeling almost no affection for the club because of what it has become, I just want him out whatever the cost now, because I feel even with a best case scenario under KSE we'll only be challenging for 4th place and that really is head in the clouds bs optimism.
From where we're starting, thanks to the mess that SFB was allowed to make, it will take us at least 5 years to get to that point and with the limited budget, with more money still pouring into other PL clubs, I think it is unlikely we'll get there, because even if we do a 'reasonable' job in fixing the issues we have, we're not factoring in the likes of Newcastle and who knows who else being bought out by much more ambitious owners and improving themselves, which is actually happening already whilst we stand still.
I guess as things stand we might as well just buy the best British players we can from the lower leagues and give our own youth a chance, I really can't stand anymore second rate Swiss or German rubbish, and if that also makes me a racist I don't give a f*ck.