Sometimes 140 characters is just not enough. How much money is enough?
Let me explain. I couldn't believe my eyes last night when I did my usual evening sweep of the on-line papers and saw the latest financial figures out of Manchester United.
Everywhere, it seems, there are what would appear to be excesses. For example, if two and a half million a year (and doubtless bonuses) is the going rate for a Chief Exec of a top football club these days then so be it.
It was the two million for eight months work for the 'ambassador' Sir Alex Ferguson that leapt out at me. Two million for eight months work? This is money that most 'proper' Manchester United fans can only dream about - not those that eat the prawn sandwiches! Most won't make a fraction of that if they work for the best part of 50 years. Two million quid? For eight months work!
I mentioned this on Twitter and my account lit up. Surprisingly I felt, there was about a 50-50 split of opinion, obviously much of it driven by club loyalties. But for those United fans that believe I have insulted their hero, let me explain
It's Fergie that's insulted you. Think about it, two million quid to tour the world, expenses paid of course, to say nice things about Manchester United. How many of you would do that for nothing?
I know that's not a great argument so let me continue.
Sir Alex Ferguson is, in my opinion, the greatest manager British football has ever seen. Quite simply - the best. There's an argument he might just be the best of all time anywhere in the world. He's certainly right up there.
He produced a era of success the likes of which we'll NEVER see again in our domestic game. NEVER. And he did the same for a glorious era in Scotland with Aberdeen. You can like him or loathe him, but you can't deny the fella was special.
But he was also flawed. Genius always is. What makes me different to most of the rest in my profession is that I'm prepared to say it. I want nothing from him. He gave me nothing during his era of success so I owe him nothing. Not many can say that and it gives me the opportunity to be objective.
He would rear up at 'greedy' players. How many times did we hear him say that the 'honour' of playing for United should never be under-estimated. He was furious when Wayne Rooney's head was turned by a mega bucks deal from the noisy neighbours and he scrapped like a scolded cat to keep him. And trust me, it was a scrap that got very dirty.
Jap Stam was thrown out of the club for writing a book! 'What goes on a this club stays at this club' was his mantra. He forgot to add 'until I write my book that is'.
Sir Alex has forgotten much. Not least the loyalty shown to him by Martin Edwards. Had it not been for Edwards' stubbornness in the early years (yes, years - five and a half of them) we would never have heard of Fergie again. At any stage during that barren spell Edwards could've sacked him and would have been well within his rights to do so.
Fergie went on to deliver - big time. But Utd delivered for him - big time. He is rich beyond his wildest dreams. I'm told, on very good authority, he once said that he'd secured his future, his children's future and he was now working to secure his grand children's future. Nice work if you can get it.
I've said before, the book was a mistake. He let himself down spilling those tawdry tales. I read it and couldn't find any mention of his arguments over 'Rock of Gibraltar' nor Ryan Giggs' indiscretions. Rooney got it in the neck again though!
And then there followed the tacky theatre tours. Once again Utd punters were asked to cough up even more of their hard earned cash to listen to their hero spill the beans on his time at the club.
So I ask you - how much money is enough? Utd shouldn't be paying Fergie anything to sell their 'brand'. Nothing. Zero. Zilch. It should be a pleasure for Fergie to do that. Why not? Hasn't he earned enough out of the club for goodness sake? Before you tweet with more bile, just pause and ask yourself that question.