No matter how stop it! I can’t stand it any longer! There’s a slight chance that I am currently confused by my emotions but it feels like this is the absolute low since a few years. It has to stop! You won’t find a manual about how to exactly stop it in this text. But you’ll find a lot of disappointment.
(Cover picture by Peter Boehmer)
(This text is the product of a heavily let down fan-soul. It’s full of felt facts only and won’t take both sides of the medal into account at all times. My views might not meet the actual reality. But they are the result of how the club is currently presenting itself in public. And as this is for sure not the way how the club wants to be seen by others, there might be a lot of actual true things in here.)
It has to stop that players are frequently showing poor performances only and that this is somehow accepted. Shame on you! When a player such as Henk Veerman (I could also name Diamantakos or Buchtmann as an example here or others, but Henk is the current case) is apparently showing sluggishness during training sessions, he deserves (internal) criticism. Such behaviour is poison to every squad and can’t be tolerated.
At the start of the season, when Buchtmann was dully creeping around the training ground the result was that he did not spend a single minute on the pitch. But did he get publicly demounted? No. Did everyone know what the matter was? Yes. Did everyone save their faces and Buchtmann could later make his way back into the team? Yes. (Until he got injured but we spoke about this earlier already). So this was bitterly needed. However, it is not utterly needed and completely wrong when players are (solely) criticised publicly. Would you rather work extra hours for your supervisor if they will criticise you in front of the supervisor’s board or defend you in front of them but if they also offer you the chance to show a better performance next time? Thus:
It has to stop that players are frequently criticised by their manager (just have a look at the pre- or post-match press conference against Hannover. You’ll find plenty of that in there). It’s unbearable that we have a coach who almost every single week sometimes more sometimes less openly criticises the players and constantly denies the quality of the squad. Jos is calling it honest and straight forward. It might be true but I also think that this does not meet the criteria of a healthy management style at all. Don’t get me wrong: Internally, the players absolutely deserve to get their asses slapped. But it’s hard to stand as a fan when every single week players are criticised publicly. And during the course of the season, it was also frequently told that the publicly raised critic wasn’t communicated as such before. This is, to put it mildly, unlucky. How good can a team perform when it’s always told not being able to perform well? And this not communicated directly but through the media? And how should Jos’ wish for players who take the lead come true when every single week half of the team is exchanged and potential leaders are publicly criticised?
It has to stop that fear is used as the driving force for performance. Because the fear of mistakes produces a lot but for sure not the courage to play the same pass or the same action again, just better. And exactly this should be the goal. You can do a brilliant pre-match analysis of the opponent and match it with your own team to put the probably best team on the pitch. Without courage and based on fear of mistakes, this won’t work. And wasn’t it the wish for a courageous mode of play we longed for after Kauczinski was sacked? How should all this function when players are taken out of the squad after showing individual mistakes or a couple of miserable matches and when they’re then placed at the bench for weeks and are publicly criticised? How? Exactly: Not at all! It has to stop that players after weak performances are treated ignominiously and without respect.
It has to stop that players can hide behind an argument about the coach which is looming for the entire season. Of course, in this text, there are a few aspects for which the coach can be blamed. But it’s the players on the pitch who act like a dead body which is just about to get pecked by vultures. For fuck’s sake: get your shit together and work your asses off! Such a mode of play does not require any courage and for sure no coach in the world would blame you if you do. Yesterday’s match was in this regard all over again more than miserable and a disgrace! I couldn’t stand it any longer, I even switched off the AFM-radio in the second half. It was simply unworthy. Shame on you! Again!
This season has to stop. And then, the club should roll up its sleeves and everything should be turned upside down and scrutinized. Will Jos Luhukay also be the manager of the FCSP in the next season? It’s really, really hard to imagine. You could hear from time to time that the supervisor’s board and the head of sports back the manager but it would have been helpful if this would have been stated more directly. Because no one can hide behind an argument about the manager, which technically isn’t there. In general, the club would do well if Andreas Bornemann or Oke Göttlich would comment on such discussions in all clarity. This would be long overdue. But by the way it was done, a situation emerged in which the manager has become publicly vulnerable just because of the rumours. This isn’t helpful for the overall situation.
Meanwhile, even I could accept the fact when we would have a new manager by the start of the new season. Even I have come to the conclusion that professional expertise can’t balance the interpersonal incompetence. It’s absolutely normal that some players, especially those who don’t play regularly, argue with the manager. But the list of players, who have been (only?) publicly criticised by Jos Luhukay is just as big as the entire squad. And the squad is huuuuge. Seen from the outside, the tablecloth is already cut, no, the entire table has been smashed with an axe.
It has to stop that our sportive ambitions (even from us fans) and the reality are an ocean apart. Because Jos Luhukay is currently getting desperate with a squad which (all over again) can’t get exorcized. This squad needs nothing less than a massive and radical change. Although the public demounting of players is hard to stand (and is maybe also playing its part) it might also be true when a renown professional such as Jos is criticising the lack of quality of the squad. Even Markus Kauczinski emphasized again and again (however, in a much more elaborate way) that he was missing the much-needed quality of the squad. But many (including me) were not willing to listen to him. But Jos also failed to make the team constantly perform the way it could have done. Alike many other managers before him. Maybe Jos just not yet did it. Maybe, he will do it in the future. I really want to believe it. But I don’t any longer.
// Tim (Translated by Arne)