Thursday, 26 November 2009
Quashie's Quibbles Put Question Marks Against Zola's Man Management Skills
I blogged earlier in the season that the treatment of Nigel Quashie was bordering on the perverse. Okay, you would have to talk to a lot of West Ham fans before you came across somebody who rated Nigel - he would have been exhibit A in my defence of the action Turds brought against the club - but I can't see the sense of making the guy train with the youth team and banning him from training sessions with the first team when, apparently, he has done nothing wrong - other than being Nigel Quashie of course.
At the end of the day, Quashie didn't force the club to sign him and can't be blamed for accepting a contract that hopelessly over valued him. Never mind the transfer fee, thanks to Turds and Egg, we have paid him a cool one million a year in salary for each of the last three years. Sure the club are upset that he hasn't agreed to the tearing up of his contract but why the hell should he? Would you in Nigel's boots? His subsequent treatment seems spiteful, churlish and unprofessional to me.
Presumably Nigel has mates in the first team squad. Presumably they disagree with the way he has been treated and must be wondering if the same thing might happen to them. Would you play your heart out for a guy who treats one of your mates like that?
Zola's man management does seem questionable at times. I think he over-reacted to the Davenport criticism and painted himself into a corner. His failure to even talk to Ashton over the last 6 months is mighty odd. Presumably he has the guy's mobile number? A phone conversation once a week would surely be the decent thing to do given Beano's injury woes? Then there was the Lucas Neill fiasco. Zola was quoted as saying that Lucash had promised to call him ahead of making a decision. Hello? What's wrong with maintaining contact yourself, trying to persuade your captain not to jump ship? Then there was the treatment of Etherington, unceremoniously dumped amidst rumours of gambling problems, and Collins, shipped out against his wishes despite being one of our top performers over the last 12 months.
Some of us are questioning the spirit and desire of the current squad but perhaps they are looking at how team mates have been treated and are thinking, well sod that for a game. Faubert can't rate Zola very highly after anything and everything was done to try to offload him - until we woke up to the fact that, apart from Spector, we didn't have an option for right back. Even then, after picking up the player of the month award, Faux Pas found himself dropped after one poor display. That might be fair enough except for the fact that Noble and Tomkins were having a mare every week but still keeping their places in the team. Nobody likes perceived favouritism in a manager do they?
Are Quashie's quibbles the tip of the iceberg I wonder? Are the players looking at Zola and thinking, not only does he not know what he is doing, we can't even rely on him to be there for us when we need him?
Posted by Hammersfan at 18:47