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ASH­LEY CALVER be­lieves it’s time for us all to get real...

Late Tackle Football Magazine - - OPINION -

IT SEEMS as though all too fre­quently play­ers, coaches and man­agers are given the la­bel ‘great’ or po­ten­tially ‘world-class’ be­fore they have even got their teeth into a ca­reer in foot­ball.

I would like to use Swansea boss Garry Monk as an ex­am­ple; I would not say he is a good man­ager or a bad man­ager.

He has not proven him­self to be a mas­ter tac­ti­cian nor has he proven him­self to be com­pletely out of his depth in his first job as the num­ber one man.

In truth, Monk is com­ing up to two years at the helm as a Premier League man­ager with Swansea, and the team has taken shape un­der his stew­ard­ship this sea­son.

He cleared out the play­ers he deemed sur­plus to re­quire­ments and has re­cruited play­ers he feels fit his style.

With that, Swansea’s style is chang­ing and re­sults aren’t go­ing their way. Per­haps his tac­tics or game plans are not up to scratch.

But the de­bate can be made, of course, that he guided the Jack Army to a record high fin­ish in the league last sea­son (8th) earn­ing all the praise and ‘hype’ by beat­ing the likes of Manch­ester United and Arse­nal and be­ing more than com­pet­i­tive against most of the top sides.

The ques­tion is: was that be­cause the ma­jor­ity of the squad had been to­gether for a num­ber of years, by and large, and knew what to do by play­ing the ‘Swansea Way’ as it’s be­come known or was it be­cause Monk’s ideas and prac­tices were shin­ing through onto the pitch?

Monk has been af­forded time at the Lib­erty, es­pe­cially in the mod­ern man­ager merry-gor­ound en­vi­ron­ment but is his time com­ing to an end?

Has that suc­cess from last sea­son caused the hype in his abil­i­ties to turn into pres­sure? Is too much ex­pected to soon of this young man­ager?

If Bren­dan Rodgers had stayed with Swansea would he have in­creased or de­creased his stock as a po­ten­tially great man­ager or would he be, as he is now, job­less?

In­stead, he was fast-tracked to one of the his- tor­i­cally big­gest clubs in world foot­ball. In fairness, Rodgers did take Liver­pool to within touch­ing dis­tance of the Premier League ti­tle.

It is a shame that Rodgers was seen as a bit of a laugh­ing stock on so­cial me­dia to­wards the end of his reign, some­thing fans of his next club will get re­minded of no doubt.

In his de­fence, for any man­ager to lose the qual­ity and char­ac­ter of play­ers like Luis Suarez, Steven Ger­rard, Jamie Carragher and Ra­heem Ster­ling in the space of two years is a mas­sive blow.

That’s not to men­tion the frus­tra­tion of see­ing a goalscorer of the cal­i­bre of Daniel Stur­ridge spend­ing so much time in the treat­ment room. It’s hardly sur­pris­ing the team strug­gled to reach the very up­per ech­e­lons of the league again.

Af­ter his stints with Swansea and Liver­pool, it’s no cer­tainty if he is a po­ten­tial great or just an­other over-hyped coach. The only thing for sure at the mo­ment is that he is walk­ing alone, for now at least.

Let’s not leave out some of the play­ers over re­cent years who have yet to live up to their hype. To list a few, you’ve got Fed­erico Macheda, Jose Bax­ter, Scott Sin­clair, Micah Richards, Ad­nan Januzaj.

Th­ese are play­ers who seem­ingly stormed onto our back pages and into our liv­ing rooms to be

in­stantly la­belled the next big thing. Per­haps the hype has af­fected their game or maybe it’s a case of play­ers de­vel­op­ing at dif­fer­ent speeds. It could sim­ply be that they are just not as good as some will have you be­lieve.

This over-hyp­ing of play­ers and coaches surely has to come to a halt. A mea­sure of com­mon sense has to be used when talk­ing and analysing th­ese tal­ents.

I am a mas­sive ad­vo­cate of the say­ing ‘If you’re good enough, you’re old enough’ but re­cently it seems to be chang­ing to ‘If you’re young enough, you’re good enough’.

The play­ers men­tioned still have the time to ful­fil what­ever po­ten­tial ‘this’ or po­ten­tial ‘that’ la­bel they have been given.

I really hope they do be­cause any­one that can bring ex­cite­ment and im­prove­ments to the game I love should be en­cour­aged.

The one thing on their side is the one thing we all feel we need more of, time. They need, and de­serve, the time to de­velop into the player or coach that is the best they can be – with­out the hype.

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