Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Hanging On The Telephone
I dunno how many football matches I've seen over the years in various countries; can't be far off a 1,000. But outside of a pub league game on a Sunday morning in brass monkeys weather I have never seen a professional footballer take a phone call just minutes before kick off in a vital top flight game.
But that is what happened when Bangkok Glass hosted Khon Kaen in the Thai Premier League before Christmas.
The coach was giving his final team talk ahead of the bloody huddle that all teams 'must' do when the phone was passed to one player, no doubt to receive instructions from some powerful person wanting to bypass the coach all together.
Khon Kaen are nicknamed T Rex, not after Marc Bolan's band but the dinosaur; an appropriate epitaph perhaps for the club's management style?