OUR MATCH WITH WOLVES SHOWS YOU’RE AS BIG AS YOU THINK
It only takes one strong minded player to show a lack of belief in the manager’s way for a dressing room to be disaffected. Then the problems begin to mount.
I read this week that Brian is coming under personal pressure.
But I wonder whether the performance statistics at Leeds match his requirements. Are his lads covering more ground than the opposition? If they are, then perhaps it is a managerial problem. If they aren’t then perhaps the players need to be asked to take the responsibility. It is a player’s duty to his club and the club’s fans to IT IS incredible how things are in sport. At Stevenage on Tuesday night, we entertained Wolverhampton Wanderers in a League One top v bottom fixture.
We are a club with a budget for our entire squad that costs less than the figures quoted for a single Wolves player. The differ- deliver his manager’s requirements. Every good manager listens to his players. But every successful club have players who make the manager’s way work. Too often, I am left wondering whether good managers are being hung out to dry in situations where a player or players will not support their way.
It is too easy for a player to refuse to comply. Too easy for the manager to be made to shoulder the blame. If clubs believed in their manager’s voice a little more, and looked more closely at player performance, I feel sure they would generate better performance from their players.
More accountability is needed. ence in wages and transfer fees between the top and bottom of League One is astonishing. Don't get me wrong; I have no issue with a club that attracts 20,000 gates paying much much more than a club that attracts four figure gates beginning with a two.
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I was delighted that my lads secured an eighth game unbeaten in ten, a huge sign of their progress, and matchedWolves blow for blow, in a surprisingly entertaining 0-0 encounter.
Once again the boys proved that price tags and wage bills give clubs the opportunity to recruit exactly who they want. But that willpower still has its role to play in deciding who wins.
Wolves are fortunate to be able to just take Coventry’s top scorer, Millwall’s creator, a Premier League striker and Sheffield United’s midfield general for instance. But ‘developing’ players can be improved enough to challenge and overtake those players.
A club and their players are as big or as small as they choose to be.
If you think big enough,on any given day, you can stand toe to toe with whomever you choose.
PROVEN: Leeds manager Brian McDermott