I'm a Gannon agnostic but I do think this is one of his failings. I'll have to disagree with a couple of contributors here who I have loads of time for when it comes to their County opinions. I'd question why some players get it more than others. I'd question what value it brings. And I'd question why decent staff management doesn't apply to people just because they're playing Tier 6 football. When did those players stop being normal people? As I've previously said, I don't buy into this 'It's football, man up and get on with it' line. There's nothing heroic about being shamed by your boss in public.
I'm not getting into whether the critique of any given player's performance is right or wrong; that's going to depend on the circumstances and undoubtedly there are times when a player needs to be bollocked behind closed doors. I am not saying here that players' performances never merit scrutiny - of course they do. One question, however, is whether singling a player out in public and doing so on a fairly regular basis is a positive thing for the player and/or the team. As far as the latest individual is concerned, I'm pretty convinced it's not. His performances got worse after the first public singling out (though, I would contend, not because of a lack of effort). Perhaps, rather than focussing on the principle of public bollockings, people should ask whether that one's worked and if not, question whether that makes a decent tactic.
I think there's a difference between fans discussing players on a messageboard and a manager having a go at player in an interview for what I would hope are very clear reasons - fans are offering opinions, a manager has a very different relationship to those he is managing. Though I do think as fans we have a duty to at least not stray into attacking players (or indeed those who manage them) on a personal basis.
I'm also not sure any manager needs to resort to having a pop at a player to move an interview from the anodyne to the interesting. As noted above, Gannon's most interesting comments are when he's not digging into players. I think a manager can call out the team collectively when it's merited. I also think that egregious idiocy by a player should be called out. So if, for example, a player punches an opponent which leads to a red card/penalty etc. that costs us the game, then, yes, it would be lunacy to ignore that. I think if your forward loses a 50-50 challenge and 30 seconds later the opposition score, then singling out your forward for blame when your midfield and defence have gone AWOL in the intervening half-minute smacks of an agenda that shouldn't be played out in public and, in different ways, it demeans both the player and the manager IMO.
We're underperforming in a league we've only got ourselves/our owners to blame for being in. That underperformance is down to the manager and the players (the fact we're here in the first place is not). Collectively that has to change and change soon. It's a sad state of affairs that we've got a manager slagging players off in public (whether you think it's right or not) and a desperate sign of where we're at that this thread even exists.
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