Interesting week in soccer from a people watching point of view. Who would have expected Mourinho to be the first Premiership Manager out of the door this season?
Although I am not a big fan of Chelsea (and I fully expect that a similar conclusion can be drawn watching any of the bigger teams rise and fall in the league) I wonder what we can observe and learn. The problem with being top dog as Chelsea certainly have been until the end of last season (and they were only a whisker off winning the Premiership) is that after a couple of seasons that position becomes expected. As a result when things don't go to plan the easiest thing is to blame decisions and other factors that went against the team than to look within and seek the resources to build again afresh. I was horrified to see professional sportsmen on Saturday protesting about a bad decision by trying to prevent the referee from raising his red card towards Mikel. Another area which can arise and cause concern is the dressing room bust-up; when things are going well cohesion between the players is easy to sustain, but when blame needs to be placed then disagreements soon come to the fore and relationships crumble. Once this happens off the pitch it is not long before it spreads onto the playing area as well, one becomes less likely to trust a player or one loses confidence about whether they will make a certain run or clearance.
I know we don't have seasons as short as a football team (perhaps we ought to!!!) but the Church is not immune from similar pressures.
We see (in the Church of England at least) a large organisation that was once pretty much top dog. It had influence on the public stage and had access to the major decision making processes. Broadly, I think, its opinion was respected. These times are now past (contrary to the head in the sand perspectives of some of the things I read). This may be uncomfortable, but its where we are...
...and this fills me with real hope, although I know this comes at a price.
We have an important choice to make about whether our future lies with rebuilding in a new world or protesting with the referees decisions.