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MOUTHY KLOPP TO LIVERPOOL… AND OLISEH vs ENYEAMA, WHO IS TO BLAME?

Liverpool captures Jurgen Klopp on a three year deal.

Klopp is another coach i love as well, not just for his brand of football but for his mouthiness and craziness as well. I am certainly sure Mourinho will now be given a run for his mouth by this new arrival. And of course, EPL will witness more sparks with these two coaches.

See, I always like men in showbiz/ entertainment and sports to have at least a bit of that aura of controversy, craziness and unpredictability. It thrills the spectators. It catches the media. It drives the business. That is why it is SHOWBIZ!

Muhammed Ali, CR7, Ibrahmovic of PSG, Mourinho, Ferguson, etc will not only be remembered for their successes alone but also for the antics and drama brought to the game. To me, Arsene Wenger doessn’t tick in that aspect. Some see him as humble but humilty isn’t being boring.

Now, down here at home, the clash between Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh, and Goalie, Vincent Enyeama, is the talk of town. Having read extensively on the problem, without saying too much I will apportion more blame to Enyeama than Oliseh. Granted, Oliseh may have goofed by not discussing his new captaincy decision with Enyeama personally but since he chose to do so in a meeting with every player, Enyeama should have maintained his calm while the coach spoke instead of interrupting and interjecting him. It is a sign of disrespect especially from an old team member who should know better and be seen as a role model to new players. My observation over the years is that these players don’t try that s**t with foreign coaches.

 I believe Oliseh, irked by Enyeama’s lateness to camp after having been given enough time off for the burial of his mother, took the decision in that moment of anger. Nevertheless, a well-timed silence, as we know, is more eloquent than speech, and capable of compelling the coach to rescind his decision when he must have become calm. Insurbordination has its consequences and Enyeama must accept his fate.

Coach Oliseh, on his part, must learn man-management skills to effectively handle his team so he doesn’t come across as autocratic, without forgetting that he did almost worse things in his days as Super Eagles player and captain. Besides, it is just too early into his reign to be having this needless drama with his players capable of causing distrations and poor performances.

Enyeama will surely be missed if the issue isn’t resolved amicably but he will also be leaving a space for the younger ones to fill and shine.

By Tayo Faloye (GRANDSCOPE Media)

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