Do you think Arsenal’s short comings are in part a reflection of Wenger’s positive portrait of them to the media when they fail or make a mistake? Does he allow them to fail again and again with no punishment?
In short admitting to mistakes to grow to be better and demand that his team is capable of winning because sometimes when they play they look tentative and have no killer instinct which is down to Wenger not being hard enough?
Response – I think we need to understand that what a manager says in public is often very different than what he says to the players in the dressing room or on the practice pitch. Managers will very rarely criticize players in public because they know that if they shame players through the media they it is likely to lead to a crisis in confidence or a fracturing of the relationship with the player.
There are some managers who are well known for going into a club and trying to stamp their authority by challenging certain players. Few have achieved much success. You may point to Wenger but the days of management by fear – not just in soccer – are dead and gone. No one gets better by being terrified of making a mistake.
We are fans of Manchester United, Rooney hasn’t been too good, why not play Berbatov? I also like to see D. Beckham back in UK playing. You would make your money back twofold. He is a star and still has a few more years of performance. I really like to see him play for England. Does Capello understand the English ways?
Response -Well needless to say while others were second guessing Sir Alex Ferguson the manager was showing once again why he is one of the great managers of this and any other generation. Maybe you will see David Beckham back playing in the UK but it certainly will not be for a good team. He might sell jerseys to the gullible ones but he is well past the stage of being able to contribute on a consistent basis to a top class team.
As for the English ways I think you are going to have to explain to me what the English ways have got to do with recalling a 37-year-old player when the objective is to win the European Championship.
You’ve been put in complete control of Scottish football at all levels. You have the power to change anything and everything. What would you do?
Response – Run the other way! Honestly, I have been away from Scotland for far too long to comment on what needs to be fixed in Scottish football. Suffice to say that problems in an organization or business can always be traced back to poor leadership and poor governance. That would be the best place to start.
Once again I was so disappointed watching a penalty denied Chelsea (first game against Manchester United in the Champions League). I am not a fan of either team but what is the use of 5th and 6th officials…..behind the goals.
Can they really tell the Ref in case of a tackle in the box? He was in a better position to see the tackle? Do you think soccer should pause for a few seconds to review such a case?
Response -For every person who disagrees with a call, you will probably find someone who agrees with it. If you are going to look for perfection you will never find in soccer……no matter how many sets of TV cameras there are around a ground and how many replays you watch.
As for the 5th and 6th officials, my sense is that the referees have yet to work out how best to use them. I think they could help the other officials to a far greater extent than they do at present.
Outside of foreign ownership, what may the foreign owners bring to the PL? How will the bar change with foreign owners?
Response -With owners coming from different environments it should bring a different perspective and new ideas. However, if foreign owners come in and don’t spend time trying to come to grips with the culture and context then they will have fresh ideas but will make lots of mistakes.
I don’t see how the bar will change just because owners are foreign …..based on the bar being set at running a successful operation that provides entertainment.
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