Date: 9th December 2008 at 11:59am
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Martin O’Neill has explained in an interview in the
Birmingham Mail that the players are there to please him, not the other way around.

Having talked about players like Gabby (last year when deployed as a winger), Carlos Cuellar (currently at right-back) and Luke Young (currently at left-back) gaining good experience playing out of position he added:

He said when he used to be left out he would be in uproar but Brian Clough would just tell him to go and look at the video of his last game and he’d get his answer!

‘Players want to play. They get disappointed if they don’t play and I am here to win football games. My job is not to please every player every minute of the day. As Sir Alex Ferguson once said: ‘Their job is to please me.’

Adding, ‘Do I discuss it with them? We have a quick discussion and then they realise I was right, as Brian Clough said. ‘The door is always open for players, no problem.’

‘We have a quick discussion and then they realise I was right’ LOL. That is straight out of the Brian Clough school of management! In other words, MON picks the team and sod anyone who doesn’t agree! Well, it is his head on the chopping board I guess, so fair enough!

 

One Reply to “Martin O’Neill Not Here To Please Players”

  • Villan444, its a valid point but can we afford now (compared to the last two seasons) when we are chasing top4 to persevere with players not pulling their weight, i really hope MON brings in a couple of quality players in January to help us push on and give him more of a selection head ache.

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