Thoughts of a Manchester United season ticket holder
Saturday, 30 January 2010
Idiot Footballer: Why Terry Must Hand Back The Armband
Every now and then this blogzine veers outside the walls of Old Trafford and looks at other football matters. So I'm going to give my two cents on the John Terry matter now before it really kicks off and all the dirt and scum and bile gets dredged from the bottom of the tabloid ocean.
The matter in hand i need not explain..John Terry is an idiot footballer. The kind that thinks he can walk on water. He is a fine centre back and has led his club well over the 'Russian' years. On the pitch he has led by example, putting his body on the line, striving for the ultimate prizes in the game...but he is still an idiot.
JT could probably have any woman in the world if he so wanted...i even remember then hot supermodel Caprice having 'dates' with a certain Tony Adams back in the day...and he was no oil painting but a very rich footballer. I wonder what the allure is? Anyhow, Mr Terry can have his cake and eat it..in virtually every circumstance..except this one.
If the allegations are true about him and a certain best friends England team mates missus, then he really has found that straw that will break the camel's back in half. There has been talk today of Tiger Woods parallels, 'footballers unwritten conduct' being broken, and whether Terry's team mates would take his side or not. But its all alot simpler. Had Terry 'played away' with any other footballers wife then there is not really much of a story or issue here. Since Georgie Best and beyond, English football has been full of playboy and Ashley Cole characters. Its nothing new. But to do that to a mate who may have to play next to you in a World Cup finals..a player that you will have to captain..is totally and utterly unacceptable. It is idiocy in the extreme but this is not a case of morality.
If this was an office workplace, a team environment where morale can swing one way or the other wildly, then this would be a no brainer. The senior worker to have the affair would not lose their job, but they would be disciplined for publicly bringing their role into disrepute. I do not think Terry should lose his place in England's World Cup squad, but he can no longer LEAD that squad. He must be disciplined for bringing the armband into disrepute. He has cut the throat of a fellow team mate..a man he recently called his best friend..a man he was responsible for motivating on the pitch..and he expects to keep the armband!? I think not.
The England Captain's position has always been a position of trust and honour. Yep, many dishonourable acts have been perpetrated by the national skipper over the years..both Robson and Beckham have been caught with their pants down. But the HUGE, MASSIVE difference is that they did not affect their position to lead their piers. I'm sure the other playboys of the England squad may not be bothered one iota that JT has been nailing someones WAG, but maybe..just maybe there is a few players in that dressing room who DO care. Who are bothered about how Mr Fullback is feeling. Maybe they will be repulsed by his actions. Maybe they wont want to listen to him barking rhetoric at them on the pitch..and the truth of that is it may harm England's slim chance of glory in South Africa.
If Terry is half the man anyone though he ever was, then he should do the honourable thing and fall on his sword..God knows that 'sword' has got him into trouble this time! Be prepared to be destroyed by every crowd at every ground in the country for the foreseeable future JT..it wont be pretty.
Manchester United fan since the age of 9 when he saw Norman Whiteside curl the ball into a Wembley goal in the dying minutes.
He is an Old Trafford season ticket holder in the North Stand Tier 3...and cried tears of joy, on his knees with the many in Moscow.
Rob is a contributing author/editor at Man Utd blogzine 'The Faithful'