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McNamara might have to leave the country

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Just Browny    2,536

He doesn't look rattled to me. Given the number of questions he was posed which attempted to move him from his very clearly marked stance, I'm only surprised he didn't walk out earlier.

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dkw    1,137

Doesnt look overly rattled to me, just fed up of all the rubbish he is having to put up with after several players acted like dick heads.

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Padge    2,301

I thought Mecca handled it very well

The journals just showed how utterly ignorant they are at times

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petero    10

I quite like the stubborn streak he shows. He is his own man and will live or die by the decisions he makes, good on him.

 

As has been pointed out, Mourinho and Ferguson have done this kind of thing, and had plenty of debates with the media - that doesn't mean they are out of their depth!

 

 

Not that I am aware of those former occasions happening as I know sod all of what goes on in football,  I would imagine they are both of a very high profile within their sport, have been there, etc, and really do possess an sufficiently high enough profile to operate from,  Ferguson I imagine does as for the other chap I have no idea. 

 

Whereas Mac has none of those attributes to fall back upon and cannot realistically claim to be on the top of his game, let alone anyone else's.

 

I am not being critical here of his method in standing by his principle's he is correct in doing so, however compared with those you named, who do possess the obviously required records of success from which to criticise and discipline others from, MacB is on a sticky wicket in attempting to emulate their actions, wouldn't you agree? 

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Bob8    2,054

He answered the questions to the extent he was prepared to.  He then gave three chances and the journalists ignored it.  He left with more politeness that was necessary and would have lost credibility has he stayed.

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joe elliot    25

Everybody has known that he wasn't up to the since he took over, but now the realisation is setting in what he's actually going to do to our World Cup with his decisions.

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Johnoco    3,316

Everybody has known that he wasn't up to the since he took over, but now the realisation is setting in what he's actually going to do to our World Cup with his decisions.

How so? Because we lost against Australia by 8 points?

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Futtocks    5,852

He answered the questions to the extent he was prepared to.  He then gave three chances and the journalists ignored it.  He left with more politeness that was necessary and would have lost credibility has he stayed.

The same people that criticised him and called him "out of his depth" for walking out would, no doubt, have criticised him and called him "out of his depth" if he'd stayed.

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JohnM    2,650

Everybody has known that he wasn't up to the since he took over, but now the realisation is setting in what he's actually going to do to our World Cup with his decisions.

 

 

Not "everybody" by a long chalk. You certainly don't speak for me - and probably a number of others on here, too.

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Daltoni    10

Sorry to bring Macca up again but how bad was he in interview with Tanya Arnold after the game. He's becoming so defensive and appears to take every question personally.

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Finn    6

Sorry to bring Macca up again but how bad was he in interview with Tanya Arnold after the game. He's becoming so defensive and appears to take every question personally.

That response was embarrassing for a coach at any level, let alone a national coach on bbc television.

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Simmo    60

That response was embarrassing for a coach at any level, let alone a national coach on bbc television.

It must be tough knowing that you are out of your depth, and knowing that everyone else knows, and having to go on national TV, and look as though you belong there.

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Sorry to bring Macca up again but how bad was he in interview with Tanya Arnold after the game. He's becoming so defensive and appears to take every question personally.

I didn't see that, but I saw the pre match interview between him and tanya before the game: in which she brought up the subject of off field discipline again, with some rumour about Hardaker. How pointless was that? There's an international game going to kick off in a few minutes and she's asking irrelevant questions like that.

Maybe McNamara's attitude was related to that.

 

Maybe McNamara needs to channel his contempt into a benign smile

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Finn    6

I didn't see that, but I saw the pre match interview between him and tanya before the game: in which she brought up the subject of off field discipline again, with some rumour about Hardaker. How pointless was that? There's an international game going to kick off in a few minutes and she's asking irrelevant questions like that.

Maybe McNamara's attitude was related to that.

 

Maybe McNamara needs to channel his contempt into a benign smile

Contempt for what? Against a reporter who constantly bigs up the game?

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Contempt for what? Against a reporter who constantly bigs up the game?

hey I like tanya

I was referring to her question about Hardaker a couple of minutes before kick off which seemed pointless at such a juncture

 

McNamara seems to have decided that he isn't mates with the media. He isn't the first in sport-there are some very well known examples andf it's his call. I just think if that's the waqy it is he needs to cool out.

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S72 Cat    2

And we wonder why we can't even buy column inches of publicity for our game!

 

He cannot be taken seriously.

 

The national team coach is a buffoon.

 

And if he isn't, he does an amazing impression of one.

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jacksy    155

hey I like tanya

I was referring to her question about Hardaker a couple of minutes before kick off which seemed pointless at such a juncture

 

McNamara seems to have decided that he isn't mates with the media. He isn't the first in sport-there are some very well known examples andf it's his call. I just think if that's the waqy it is he needs to cool out.

Yeah Hanley also behaved that way and look how we have struggled for column inches since. If you do not like the to be asked awkward and tough questions do not take the job.

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And we wonder why we can't even buy column inches of publicity for our game!

 

He cannot be taken seriously.

 

The national team coach is a buffoon.

 

And if he isn't, he does an amazing impression of one.

I've been out of the country for a bit

but from what I've heard there's been more publicity for the tournament and the sport in particular than ever: almost overwhelmingly positive

Sport team managers let the media get under their skin all the time there's a long list and it looks like McNamara has joined it. The time to call McNamara a buffoon will be if the team gets humiliated. As yet there doesn't seem to be any sign of that.

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Scubby    5,030

I think he is doing a reasonable job :ph34r: Maybe we will see the benefit of the SA trip in the next few weeks.? Maybe it will come out that he handled the problems in camp really well? It all has to move towards the business end and then we can make our judgements.

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Yeah Hanley also behaved that way and look how we have struggled for column inches since. If you do not like the to be asked awkward and tough questions do not take the job.

I take your point but what if the team have a successful time on the field? There's a good chance of that.

It's an awkward situation, but shouldn't define his stewardship IMHO

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