Newcastle United coach Steve Black has been criticized by Sky Sports pundit Tony Gale after the game against Chelsea ended, when Steve went onto the St. James’ Park pitch to talk to and make points to some of the Newcastle players.
Steve Black – Newcastle consultant
Black is well known in the sports world and came to fame working with England rugby player Jonny Wilkinson throughout his career, and Black is well known here in the US.
His official title at Newcastle is a consultant and he has been asked to work on the mental strength of individual players and get them prepared for games – as one of his duties.
Tony Gale objected to Steve Black going onto the pitch immediately after the game to talk to a number of Newcastle players.
This is what Gale said on Sky Sports News:
“That’s too much, he should do it in the dressing room. He shouldn’t be on the pitch acting like he’s the Guvnor.”
“Steve McClaren should be able to do that. Would he have come on the pitch if Ramires had got the third goal?”
“If they need that, they shouldn’t be playing football.”
The pressures of playing football these days at the highest level are much greater than they were when Tony played from 1977 through 1998 mainly for West Ham as a defender.
There is now social media where anybody can slam anybody else about anything, and with the Internet – reaction to anything is almost instantaneous around the world.
There seems little civility left these days between people and Twitter accounts can be used to slam anybody who has the misfortune to disagree with a particular viewpoint.
So young players have to withstand all that and regular over the top criticism almost all the time and that´s difficult when you are growing up.
They get criticised for not playing well, the haircut they have, wearing a Tuxedo before a game, not crossing the ball at the right time, and we wont even mention if they make a mistake in a game.
Social media and instantaneous communication are one source of extra pressure on players and there is also big money in the Premier League with billions of pounds now in the game.
Whenever there´s big money around there´s always extra pressure – that´s just the way things are these days.
We don´t see too much wrong with Steve Black going onto the field immediately after the game on Saturday.
That´s when the players are still in the zone after just finishing a game, so the Black can make some points to the players at that time.
What do you think?