Player power in modern sport rules the roost.
If a group of players don’t like the coach or some methods he or she applies to coaching, they get together, form a clique, front the management with the edict, ‘‘sack the coach.’’
The events this year in various sporting clubs and different sporting codes reflect this statement.
Even last year Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens, highly credentialled and experienced, lost the support of several players at the club.
Sheens quickly worked out that he had ‘‘lost the dressing room’’ a footy speak term.
The lack of support of the senior players brought about Sheens’ demise.
At the Melbourne Demons in the AFL, embattled coach Mark Neeld got the chop after 18 months of not winning games and a core of the playing group weren’t responding to his methods. So they went to the management and said the coach must go.
Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur found out when he had dramas with several of the senior players in the squad it was time to go. Cricket Australia declared he was to blame. So they sacked him.
In the end clashes with Shane Watson and a split in the team with some players in Arthur’s camp and some opposing him, was his downfall.
At Canberra this week, David Furner was sacked by the board after nine players fronted the management stating they wouldn’t work with him anymore as he continued to support and excuse the behaviour of problem child Blake Ferguson.
The problem with a lot of ‘‘Gen Y’’ players is they want all their rights but none of the responsibilities.
If something doesn’t suit him or her, they blow up, whinge, begin the backstabbing and knowing full well it’s easier for clubs to axe coaches and less messier with contract payouts etc, than players leaving.
If you notice with Wayne Bennett at the Newcastle Knights he has a good mix of young players and experienced footballers. You don’t see too many cranky and petulant young footballers under the master’s control.
Bennett has got rid of plenty over the years for disciplinary reasons after giving them several chances. Bennett is the boss, simple as that. But the real reason for having a smattering of senior players who have been around the traps, is they can educate and teach the young players and pull them into line when needed too.
There is nothing like advice from your experienced peers who look you straight in the eye and tell you how it is.
Workplaces and sporting clubs shouldn’t be run like a concentration camp but there have to be certain rules and standards set by those in charge.
The inmates cannot run the asylum.
And the young men and women who are professional athletes have to learn that the world doesn’t always revolve around them all the time. They should stop being pampered and instead told what they need to hear and not what they want to hear.
We all have to conform in life and take orders from time to time, we did at school from teachers, in life we do from our parents, the list is endless.
Too many people can’t handle getting their tail kicked from time to time.
It’s time for Gen Y to grow up up and if they don’t like the rules at sporting clubs then buzz off and hand back the stacks of cash they earn. And go work a 9 to 5 job for a normal wage like most of the population.
As my mentor in life and good mate Sylvester says: ‘‘That’s the way it is.’’