By publically thanking Socios it legitimises them in the eyes of West Ham fans, makes them more desirable, and more likely therefore that fans will put hands in pockets.
That's my view on it anyway.
It's the oldest trick in the dodgy marketing book.
Let's face it if Socios were serious about atruistic donations then they could have quite easily have asked for it to be kept quiet
I also think that Ex has been put in an awkward position, he is damned if he takes it and damned if he don't.
It was the public thankyou that raised my left eyebrow.
My question would be, out of all the different charities available, why would Socios donate to one run by Ex? It's doubtful to me that anyone from Socuos has even heard of the guy.
It's like someone has been set up.
Or there could in fact be a legitimate reason.
Nicky, I would be glad of your thoughts on this please.
My problem with the whole issue is this.
wether or not you decide its a marketing ploy or not (its almost certainty that it is by the way) its the delusions of everyone that is attacking the man, not only his morality , but questioning his and others intelligence in a ploy to win a popularity contest where my issue lies. We are not stupid. My stance on Socios isn't going to change over a measly £500 donation. I know Ex's stance hasn't changed either since i have spoken to him bot on and off the record since these pathetic claims were made.
My stance, however, remains the same. as a custodian of a charity collecting money for them , you fundamentally cannot , and should not, turn down a donation based on your own agenda.
Do you seriously think he could turn around to the charity and say "sorry, there could have been more, but a load of middle class men who don't agree with the companies association with our multi million pound football club said i shouldn't take it because its against what they stand for"
Ive been poor. I watched my mother scrimp and scrape and make sacrifices to feed us, clothe us and get us out of a poverty ridden dive, ive also watched friends of mine who were weren't as fortunate as me, get sucked into worlds of gangs, crime, drugs, alcoholism, and subsequently death because they never had a fighting chance in life, because nobody could or just would not help them.I live in a first world country, where things like education and medication are freely avaliable. Despite all those terrible things ive seen and experienced , it isn't a drop in the ocean compared to the conditions that these kids live in. The Kids that ex is raising money for are in an orphanage which relies on donations.
so Ex thanked them. Big deal. How i was raised, thats just good etiquette. It doesn't , as that article implies, mean he hasn't got the stomach to see his opinion through, it means he has been raised to say please and thank you.
If they asked for that as a condition of the donation, shame on them, but if i was in his position i'd have filmed myself riding around naked on a little tiny bike playing im forever blowing bubbles on a kazoo and put it on sky sports news, if it meant those poor kids could eat for a few months.
Don't take everyone as idiots.
he took the donation, he thanked them publicly, yet the chilli is in decline and it looks like the whole socios thing, as predicted will fall flat on it's a**e. I will sleep easy tonight however , knowing kids are going to bed with food in their tummy on their coin.