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THE WELLINGTONIAN, MAY 19, 2011
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Pity the poor old coach
Too nice: Alex Ferguson is in trouble again. Photo: REUTERS
Isee Manchester United manager
Alex Ferguson is copping it for
being nice, which is ironic because
it has not often been a failing of his.
Ferguson has regularly incurred
sideline bans for his critical comments
about football match officials.
Now he's in the gun for praising ref-
eree Howard Webb in the vital premier
league match between Manchester
United and Chelsea.
He described Webb as the best man
for the job'', which, absurdly, has led to
a charge of improper conduct. He
violated an English Football Associ-
ation rule prohibiting managers from
speaking about referees before a game.
Ferguson has just completed a five-
match ban and incurred a £30,000 fine
for criticising referee Martin Atkinson.
In 2009 he was banned for four
matches and fined £20,000 for accusing
Alan Wiley of being physically unfit to
control premier league games.
Ferguson has served bans of at least
two matches on five occasions in the
last eight years and received fines
Coaches/managers are a fertile
source of stories.
They get punished for all sorts of
reasons way beyond their teams'
results. Buying and supplying drugs,
sexual relationships with youngsters
they're coaching, and taking bribes are
three of the more outlandish.
We haven't had too many outrageous
coaches in New Zealand.
One who stood out was basketball
coach John Dybvig, who regularly ran
foul of the national association in the
1980s, mainly for foul language, though
he once refused to bring his team on to
the court in time in Christchurch.
Intense Kevin Fallon, who coached
the All Whites in the 1980s, often ran
into problems with officialdom. To
judge by his behaviour on the sideline
of some Auckland secondary school
football games in recent seasons, Fallon
still has plenty of fire in his belly.
Coaches come in all forms.
Some are firebrands, but others, such
as rugby league coaches Ivan Clearly
and Wayne Bennett, belong in the seen
but not heard'' category.
They have little to say to the media
after a game and have turned into an
art form the ability to offer a non-
comment'' -- using words but saying
I have considerable sym-
pathy for coaches.
It must be incredibly frus-
trating to throw yourself into
coaching a team, to the semi-
exclusion even of your family
and the non-sport aspects of
your life, and then have an
idiot of a referee, or a player
who simply doesn't train
properly or refuses to follow
instructions, stuff it up.
I'd have something to say
about it after the game, too.
In such cases, it's
invariably the coach, not the
player, who cops it.
If anyone doubted how
expendable coaches were, we
had our own example in
1996, when the New Zealand
cricket team toured the West Indies.
Chris Cairns and Adam Parore
simply walked out on the tour and
when it was all over they resumed their
test careers while coach Glenn Turner
Rare gems: From left, former Maori All Black Paul Quinn, long-serving player
Maurice Standish, Wellington Rugby Union president John Wootten and club
president Mick Robbers, reflect on the good old days at Marist St Pat's.
Photo: MARK TAYLOR
By MARK TAYLOR
Yarns were told and wine barrels
rolled as Marist St Pat's Rugby Foot-
ball Club celebrated its 40th jubilee
in style at its Evans Bay gym on
Past and present players,
members and supporters filled the
gym for a lunch celebrating the
merger of the Marist and St Patrick's
Old Boys clubs in 1971.
The club president and captain of
MSP's first senior side, Mick
Robbers, thanked all those behind
the scenes for their tireless work
over the past 40 years.
He especially thanked deputy
chairman John Holden and secretary
Geraldine Manu'a for organising the
The club's premier team kept to
the script on Saturday, beating Hutt
Old Boys' Marist 18-13 in front of the
home faithful to take the Father
Cleary Shield and keep the club's
aspirations for a 14th Jubilee Cup
firmly on track.
Other celebrations held over the
weekend included a dinner on the
Friday night and a club mass on
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