His argument is that as hard “as we try to prevent injuries, it is an impossibility because of the demand on the players – and that demand comes because the player wants ever more money to play for you, so it’s a vicious circle.”
That really is a stretch to put it mildly and these new spins on an old tune always seem to arise when he suddenly has a bit of a problem in this area.
However, it doesn’t stop there and he takes his logic several steps further declaring: “As hard as we try to prevent injuries, it is an impossibility because of the demand on the players – and that demand comes because the player wants ever more money to play for you,
“If the players’ demands came down then perhaps the demands to find more and more money wouldn’t be as great. Managing that situation is extremely difficult.
“Then there’s pre-season tours in America and elsewhere because the money is great and it’s a constant vicious circle that is putting them under risk of injury. The money they demand means that is the way it is.”
Now we would just point out a couple of things to the boss – the current injuries came whilst Sakho and Downing were on international duty! Can’t stop those games can we?
And the argument about pre-season tours is all a bit fragile. Teams do this to increase their value of their brands, of which player wages are just one element.
To be claiming the players are entirely responsible for that situation really is a bit rich and a bit off centre as far as we can see.
Sam sums it all up by using the words: “The money they demand means that the way it is.” No I don’t think it is. Players were getting injuries a long time before the Premier League came into being. It’s called par for the course in a contact game.
And there’s more than a little irony involved in this all coming from a manager who at the last count was the 13th best paid in world football!
Nor do we hear the same amount of injury ‘reasons’ from many -if any – other manager.