It seems that DeJong’s wild tackle on Ben Arfa, which was judged a fair tackle and broke the Frenchman’s leg in two places, is starting to reverberate around the halls of football.
Danny Murphy – blasts three British managers
And Fulham’s Danny Murphy has come out said he blames three Premier League managers in particular, for the rough play that now is getting to be too common place in England.
Interestingly, the three managers are all British – Englishmen Sam Allardyce of Blackburn and Mick McCarthy of Wolves, and Welshman Tony Pulis of Stoke.
Danny Murphy yesterday criticized some of the “brainless” tackling that goes on in the Premier League, and accused Sam Allardyce, Mick McCarthy and Tony Pulis, of being responsible for that trend.
Watch out now for all three of them to come out and confess their complete innocence, and then attack Danny for having the cheek (we would say courage) to even say it.
Of course Fulham lost Bobby Zamora this season to a broken leg, following a challenge by Wolves’ madman Karl Henry, who was then sent off for trying to do the same thing to Jordi Gómez on Saturday at Wigan – with another horrific tackle, and he rightly received a straight red card.
This is what Murphy said:
“The pace some of the players are going into tackles at is ridiculous. There are no brains in the players doing that. I don’t believe they are going out to break the legs of their opponents but there’s no logic or intelligence in what they are doing.”
“You get managers sending teams out to stop other sides from playing, which is happening more and more.” “Stoke, Blackburn and Wolves – you can say they’re doing what they can to win the game – but the fact is that the managers are sending the players out so pumped up that inevitably there are going to be problems.”
“The thing I think people miss is that it’s the managers who dictate what the players do and how they behave. If you have a manager , but in control of his team, who doesn’t allow these things to go on, you have a more disciplined team.”
While Newcastle have appealed to the English FA to have DeJong punished for his tackle, it looks like the English FA will hide behind their rules (as usual), and say they cannot do anything about it, because referee Martin Atkinson thought the tackle was perfectly fair.
Whew – that was close.
If Ben Arfa’s broken leg leads to the English FA doing something constructive about the thugs out there, who will continue to maim other players, then something good will have come out of it.