Well, it's buried in the final paragraph of his online mailbag today, but Damien Cox has finally come clean and admitted that the fans aren't to blame.
When it comes to wins and losses, Cox writes:
... at the end of the day the only truly influential people are the players and those with the power to be decision-makers in the sport.OK, technically speaking he was answering a question about the media, not the fans. In fact, he was making the exact opposite point -- that when the team loses, the fans shouldn't blame the media. You know... him.
But clearly, his statement cuts both ways. His point is clear: only the players and the team decision-makers influence wins and losses. Which means somehow, finally, he's seen the light. The war is over. Damien Cox doesn't blame you any more.
So remember, the next time you read a Cox column that points a finger in your direction, he's only kidding. He doesn't mean it. If he did, he'd be an enormous hypocrite, and he's just not that sort of guy.