JAN 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Richardson Blames Players As City Slump Again
City chairman Bryan Richardson has blamed the Sky Blues players
for the spineless performance against Everton that has left fans
calling for Gordon Strachan’s head.
witty in defeat, Strachan was left morose after a terrible first
half performance that saw the Sky Blues let in three goals
against a side reduced to 11 fit senior players.
losing two more players through injury in the first half,
Everton took the lead through Scott Gemmill, Danny Cadamarteri
and Kevin Campbell.
was the first time that the fans had lost patience with Strachan
in this way since he took over in November 1996, and he refused
to comment on the incident.
Lee Carsley, who scored his first goal for the club with a
penalty near the end of the game to make the final result 1-3,
fans are paying their money and if they have paid their money,
they are entitled to have their say.
are a poor team and were there for the taking. Afterwards, the
manager just said we have got to have a good look at
ourselves, and no one has come out of the game with any
Richardson went one step further and said the overpaid average
players are demanding too much money with producing the
necessary performance on the Pitch.
told the BBC:
chairman I face up to responsibility every day, as does
Gordon. Neither of us has a problem with that because it goes
with the territory.
players have responsibilities too. If they were in any other
job in which they failed the boss and the customers, they
would be out of work.
can't hide behind Gordon. Let them be honest about it. They
have to look at their reflections and ask if they truly earned
their corn against Everton."
cannot take all the blame. Once players cross the white line,
he cannot trap the ball, do their running, tackling and
scoring for them.
too easy to blame Gordon. We have players earning in a week
what some supporters take a year's labour to achieve. That's
where football has gone crackers.
players are earning fortunes and if they are doing the
business, good luck to them - they deserve it.
average players are basing their wage demands on some kind of
pro-rata parity when the truth is they are not really worth