What is wrong with our society today when a decent man is forced to apologise when he did absolutely wrong, and why is it that something that was said in the dressing room to a group of players is picked up by the news media, and blown all out of proportion?
During the World Cup qualifying match between England and Poland on Tuesday England manager Roy Hodgson when trying to emphasise the need to get the ball to Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, as he was the man of the match in the win over Montenegro, and also looked to be the man who would open up the game for England used an old American space agency joke.
“NASA decided they’d finally send a man up in a capsule after sending only monkeys in the earlier missions,” the joke goes.
“They fire the man and the monkey into space. The intercom crackles, ‘Monkey, fire the retros’. A little later, ‘Monkey, check the solid fuel supply’.
“Later still, ‘Monkey, check the life support systems for the man’. The astronaut takes umbrage and radios NASA, ‘when do I get to do something?’
“NASA replies, ‘In 15 minutes – feed the monkey’.”
I see absolutely nothing wrong in that team talk what so ever and even find it ridiculous that someone would suggest Andros Townsend is a monkey just because his farther is Jamaican.
Townsend certainly took no offense, and was in fact please that the England boss was telling the team to give him the ball.
Because of the media Hodgson came out and apologised saying: ‘I would like to apologise if any offence has been caused by what I said at half-time.
‘There was absolutely no intention on my part to say anything inappropriate.
‘I made this clear straight away to Andros in the dressing room. I also spoke to Andros again on Wednesday.
‘He has assured me and the FA he did not take any offence and understood the point I was making in the manner I intended.’
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce hit the nail on the head when he said on Thursday: “We are a politically correct country so we always have to be careful about what we say today.
“But if continue to hype it up and promote everything in the press, nobody will be able to say a word very shortly and will have to keep ourselves quiet and ourselves to ourselves and not express our opinions.
“You have to be very, very careful today. But I’m sure what Roy said was something that he didn’t mean any harm or any offence to anybody.”
Other managers have sat up and taken notice of this whole affair and have spoken out about what they consider a halftime dressing room talk to be about and how what is said should in fact remain in the dressing room.
While I have no time for racists, bigots and antiemetic’s it is true that you have to tip toe so lightly around the work place in case something you might say can be taken the wrong way, and get you fired.
Perhaps it is just best for people to keep their thoughts and opinions to themselves.
Have a look at the video below and see how some of the Premierships top managers think about the dressing room talk.