COUNTY OWNER HAS BIG TEST TO COME
NEW Notts County owner Alan Hardy has made a laudable stand in sacking John Sheridan for abusing officials. He has also made a rod for his own back.
Sheridan, who is appealing his dismissal, was jettisoned shortly after Hardy’s takeover in January, following a verbal outburst during a 2-0 defeat by Wycombe the previous month.
“I am not prepared to tolerate any member of my staff abusing referees and officials in this manner,” said Hardy.
“The conduct shown by Mr Sheridan towards the match officials was nothing short of scandalous. Mr Sheridan and the LMA are effectively trying to run a coach and horses through the concept of respect.”
Hardy’s sentiments are refreshing in an industry where officials still face unacceptable levels of threat and intimidation.
But it’s easy to sack a manager when he’s struggling at the foot of League Two. The real test will come when County are flying high and the man in the dugout goes ballistic. Will Hardy be so scandalised then? We shall see.