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THE SAM MORSHEAD COLUMN: I'm glad that's all over
6:00am Tuesday 4th September 2012 in Sport
I’M glad that’s all over.
Let’s be honest, there isn’t a player or member of staff or fan or even a casual supporter who will want to remember the 24 hours between 3pm on Sunday, September 2, 2012 and 3pm the following Monday.
One day to be consigned to the dark depths of history, one day during which almost nothing went right, everyone started going a little bit crazy and the four wins and a draw which preceded the trip to Deepdale vanished only to be replaced by anger and rumour.
My take on the whole situation has shifted a little since the heat of the moment, when I was stunned that manager Paolo Di Canio chose to take off Wes Foderingham.
Strategy has been, in my opinion, Di Canio’s major strength so far this season. He has picked his gameplans almost to perfection and his players have become scholars of the opposition.
To reduce your options from the bench with a quarter of the game gone seemed rash, but given his tactical track record, the fact that he is the boss after all and that his way has paid dividends on the pitch to this point, it is difficult to say the substitution in itself was wrong.
Likewise, Foderingham’s reaction - though understandable in the circumstances - lacked the levels of professionalism Di Canio has etched into the general fabric of Swindon Town since arriving in Wiltshire last year.
The goalkeeper would have felt hurt, maybe humiliated, during that lonely walk off the pitch but if we are to preach respect of authority to our children then his reaction - kicking the water bottle, marching down the tunnel, turning to abuse his manager, sitting away from the dug-out - cannot be considered acceptable.
I get this, having thought about it long and hard. Wes was in the wrong, but why did it not publically end there?
As members of the media we live off the words of a man such as Di Canio. He is blatantly open, he doesn’t filter his thoughts - basically, you know what you’re getting when you pitch up with a dictaphone and a notepad.
Sometimes things are better left unsaid. Sometimes a minute’s response is better than 10.
Up until his post-match press conference on Sunday you could not reasonably fault any of his actions on matchday, but was there a need to verbally savage Foderingham? Would it not have been better to have aired a diluted version of his thoughts and punished Foderingham as he saw fit in-house?
Luckily, that’s now all in the past.
It shows the professionalism of the two men that they have since made up and can move on as one. That’s what we all want.
We don’t want squabbles, we don’t want spats, we don’t want flying water bottles or post-match tirades. We want success and sustainability. But if this is the route to those goals then we will soon be able to forget about 24 horrible but eventually inconsequential hours in the club’s history.
Besides, there’s quite an important game tomorrow night.
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