Very good post.CJ, this genuinely isn't directed at you, I've just seen "accepting mediocrity" too many times now and I've ripped my knitting.
What does "accepting mediocrity" even mean when there is next to nothing we can tangibly do to influence the outcome of a Hibs game?
Secondly, for the people who throw that line around, what are they doing that those who "accept mediocrity" aren't? Demanding success? How do they propose delivering that success they demand? I'm really going to need more than "erm, get a new manager in, ken?".
Callum Davidson lost 7 out of his first 10 games in charge of St. Johnstone. I can only imagine the outrage the Hibs support would display if Hibs new manager had those results given that we finished 3rd in the league, have shown a demonstrable improvement on the season before and there are people wanting the manager who's spearheaded that gone.
It isn't accepting mediocrity to point to the fact that St. Johnstone have outperformed us in the league more often than not in the last ten years. Whatever they're doing with their smaller budget we should be trying to emulate and better rather than being a bunch of snobby ***** looking down our noses because we're seemingly a bigger club than them. How very Club 1874 of us.
St. Johnstone have had four managers since November 2007, Hibs have had TEN. That works out at less than 17 months in charge on average for a Hibs manager to deliver silverware - and I say silverware because as we've seen this season, 3rd in the league is "Not Good Enough".
Guess what? They've won three trophies during that spell, we've won one. And we have the audacity to behave like the spoiled bairns in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory thinking we're due something.
Our support needs to change. We are due nothing, we are guaranteed nothing, we should expect nothing and we build from there. That's not accepting mediocrity, that's the first step in building towards something better and responding to the disappointments along the way in a mature, adult fashion.