For those who hope

the managerial juggernaut
powered through success and controversy
in his self-appointed role

he wrote his own legend with spectacular
triumphs, volatile behaviour
and sabre-toothed soundbites:
no-one could count themselves safe

ignominy and scandals
“don’t call me arrogant,” he told the assembled
a potted history littered with high opinion

newly-flush
he sowed the seeds of his cult —
lavish spending
a staggering sum of money

turbulence, inconsistency
doubts have begun
infamous outbursts down the years
the whole episode displayed an unsavoury side

his much-vaunted methods
his strict bible
a belief has also taken root
he cannot nurture

these are troubling trends
for those who hope