BEADLE’S ABOUT NO MORE – WHAT A TRAVESTY

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SO Beadle’s about no longer (one for older read­ers there). Af­ter three ti­tles in three sea­sons, the lat­est mak­ing them the

NLP’s Team of the Year back in May, Peter has got the push as man­ager of Here­ford FC.

Now un­less you are in the in­ner sanc­tum at a club, it is im­pos­si­ble to know the true dy­nam­ics be­tween board/com­mit­tee and man­ager. There might, for ex­am­ple, be con­flict over bud­gets, or per­son­al­ity clashes that go be­yond re­sults.

The odd per­son on my Twit­ter time­line even sug­gested that Beadle had grown un­pop­u­lar due to not keep­ing pro­lific striker John Mills in the sum­mer and some “dread­ful foot­ball”. Oth­ers sug­gested the man­ager wanted too big a wage bill.

Well, it could be that Mills wanted too much money and Beadle was in fact be­ing fru­gal, as well as Mills not want­ing to travel in National League North. The man­ager cer­tainly de­served to have his judg­ment on play­ers ac­cepted, given his record. And I didn’t hear much about dread­ful foot­ball these past three years.

Here­ford have had a patchy start but the un­der­ly­ing is­sue here is prob­a­bly that they are reach­ing a point where the new club will find its nat­u­ral level, with the ten­sions that evokes.

The crass sack­ing of Beadle, though, was ridicu­lously pre­cip­i­tate. If that is what hap­pens to a man­ager who has won three straight cham­pi­onships, heaven help the rest.

AXED: Peter Beadle

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