Bolton manager Gary Megson has today defended Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear, after his X-rated tirade against the press, and especially Simon Bird of the Daily Mirror.
Joe Kinnear – oh no – is that Simon Bird in front of me?
Kinnear, 61, caused a storm at Newcastle’s training ground news conference on Thursday, when he singled out Simon Bird of the Daily Mirror right at the start, and then launched a tirade against his reporting.
The former Wimbledon boss is very upset by how his decision to let Newcastle players have the day off on Monday has been reported. Simon Bird, during the new conference for instance, said Joe was wrong to give them the day off, and he should at least let them watch videos or something.
But when has Simon earned the right to tell a football manager what he should be doing? Has he ever managed a football team?
When you give a person a job in management you must let them do it their way, not your way, and it’s even more surprising, and uncalled for, when journalists tell managers what they should do, and then criticize them if they don’t do it.
Of course it’s always very easy to give advice when you are not on the hook for the results, very easy indeed. And you are never wrong, because if the manager does something else and it doesn’t work you say they should have done what you suggested.
If they do what you suggested and it doesn’t work, you keep quiet about it, or say they didn’t execute it properly. We know all about second guessing and this kind of stuff from our time at IBM, it’s no different in football.
Kinnear even hinted at taking legal action against his detractors in the media, and it will be intersting if he goes ahead with that.
Gary Megson has been there himself of course, and has faced severe criticism at Bolton. but he got past it and did a great job at the end of last season in keeping Bolton in the Premier league.
Gary said today:
“Joe has got the hump and the guy in the media seemed to be suggesting that Newcastle’s players shouldn’t have had Monday off,”
“But I can’t see what is wrong with that because Newcastle are playing on Sunday and therefore have an extra day to prepare.” “It’s a huge football club and Joe needs to meet all the staff and let everyone know how he wants to do things.”
“You can’t do everything in 24 hours, but from a football point of view I don’t think it was an issue.” “I’ve read the interview and Joe was apparently happy for it to go out, but the only thing that helps in any respect in football is by winning matches.”
“It’s like a goldfish bowl up there and it must be difficult to deal with. Joe Kinnear has been out of the game for a while now and he has got to be given a chance.”
“To start jumping on somebody’s back, in their first day in the job, is a little bit unfair.”
In fact, we thought Joe’s decision to let the players have Monday off was a good one, because it gave him the chance to meet with the coaching staff, learn a little about the players and what’s been going on at the club, be shown around the training facilities, and then plan what type of training they would be doing for the week.
That seemed to us an excellent plan, especially when our game, as Gary points out, was one day later on Sunday.
So we support Joe on this one, at least in principle, if not the language he used, and we are well aware his foul mouthed tirade upset quite a few of our supporters, because it doesn’t help the club’s image. We received quite a number of emails on that.
It’s so much easier standing on the sidelines and criticizing those that are doing the real job, but to us, it’s always better to do the job – which always comes with criticism – because then you are at least doing something that is having some real impact.
The key is to get past that criticism, and not let it affect you, or the job you are doing.