I have to agree with Pat Fenlon that the treatment dished out to my new gaffer Roddy Collins is shambolic to say the least.
The fine and subsequent suspension was totally over the top but it didn’t surprise me one bit.
I have had my own run in’s with the so called hierarchy and you know most times there is only going to be one winner.
Managers at every level of the game are working hard year on year to make positive changes in the game and the last thing you need is a major slap on the wrist for making an observation on how you can improve our product.
We need to have a stronger alliance within the management profession that minds and protects our interests and futures going forward.
What legacy are we leaving for the group of young coaches and managers coming behind us if we don’t protect our profession?
I have known Roddy for a number of years now but this is the first opportunity I’ve had to work with him close up.
Roddy is a very passionate man, a family man who is very astute and tactically aware and always works in the best interests of his players.
He has great experience of this league and he is working his socks off to bring success to another sleeping giant in the sunny south east.
Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your own standards.
Roddy has brought this culture to Waterford and between us we are looking to raise the standards of our players in relation to fitness, tactics and holistic development. Roddy’s personal standards are nothing more than a set of behaviours.
These behaviours are built upon expectations in a variety of situations.
They are in some respects performance standards he sets on and off the pitch.
They lay down the benchmarks of performance for all his players not just in their football careers but within their personal life.
He wants Irish football to move into the 21st century but while on the move all the key partners involved need to understand that change is inevitable.
Change in respect to playing standards, player’s full time contracts, playing and training pitches, dressing room refurbishment, more marketing/ media exposure, volunteer recognition, stadia where you can comfortably bring your kids and transparent governance.
The fact that we have finally acknowledged that something must change is an important first step. However, the process of change may not be easy.
We will need the necessary leverage to make this change successful and allowing experienced managers to voice their opinion is a step in the right direction.