Date:Saturday July 21 2007
Dario Gradi stepped aside from the manager's job in a manner you'd expect from him, no fuss and no major tributes. Maybe because he isn't going anywhere as such, but the first team reigns have been handed on to Steve Holland and we can no longer truly say that Dario Gradi is our manager.
We all know what Dario's done for the club. From over £17million in transfer fees received to one of the best Academies in the country, and from Dean Ashton to David Platt. It all goes without saying that Dario's achievements won't be replicated nor beaten in our life time.
So will there be any lasting tributes for Dario? A statue? A stand in his name? A knighthood?
Dario received an MBE in 1998 when named in the New Years Honours List but 9 years on, does Dario deserve a higher honour?
Only this year we saw Ryan Giggs, the Manchester United winger, receive an OBE for his 'services to football'. OBE happens to be a rank up from MBE in the honours system, MBE being the lowest rank followed by OBE, then CBE, then KBE (DBE) and finally GBE. The latter two are classed as knighthoods.
What, then, has Giggs done for football that Dario hasn't? Obviously Dario hasn't been one of Manchester United's best players for the past 15 years but then Giggs hasn't been responsible for helping make the likes of David Platt, Geoff Thomas, Danny Murphy & Neil Lennon the players they were.
We aren't simply talking his achievements with our club, but his influence on English football as a whole. He's based his entire career on giving youngsters from the UK a chance ahead of multi-million pound imports and helped so many youngsters go on and achieve their dreams.
Just because he's at a small club, operating on a tiny budget, why should his services to football fall behind those of Ryan Giggs and Alan Shearer?
Then, maybe you're someone who believes that honours should be left for real heroes and not sports stars and celebrities. It's a valid point, but unfortunately they've set the standard at giving sports stars knighthoods.
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Date:Saturday July 21 2007
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