Date Published: 04-Apr-2008
CRITICISM over the timing of the sacking of Tony Cousins as Galway United manager is somewhat justified, not because he got just four games this season before being given the boot, but for the fact that he got four games at all this season.
Anyone who regularly watched United last season — I covered 31 of their 37 games — could see that the warning signs were there, but the manager was given the benefit of the doubt.
The danger now is, as Cousins was in place for preseason preparations and the start of the league campaign, the new manager won’t be able to put his own stamp on the club with regard to players until the transfer window opens in July.
Cousins was the public face of United’s mediocrity and so he was sacrificed, but the players have a lot to answer for as well. A delegation from the board met them early this week, laid it on the line in regards to what was expected of them, and offered to tear up the contract of any playerwho wanted ‘out’.
Players were given an hour to think things through, and no one came back looking to leave the club, so presumably they will now knuckle down and do the job they are paid reasonably well to do — the average player weekly wage at United is understood to be just over €700, with a number of players falling both sides of this figure.
While Cousins was the man in charge, the players ……………………
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“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”
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