October 26, 2005

Would you rather run laps or ... ?: Nottingham Forest manager Gary Megson came up with a novel way of punishing his under-performing soccer players over the weekend when he made them face disgruntled fans in the changing rooms.

posted by littleLebowski to general at 03:11 PM - 11 comments

This is excellent! Good on the coach. How busy would the Astros locker room be? (or my Browns, for that matter)

posted by littleLebowski at 03:12 PM on October 26, 2005

Egads. That'd be a little awkward. I would imagine that athletes are comfortable with the separation between the lockerroom and the "people that pay their wages". Interesting to see if Forest improves at all.

posted by gspm at 04:10 PM on October 26, 2005

Not a bad idea but would definitely lose much of the impact if repeated too often by other clubs. Might get away with it once in the US (across all major leagues, that is).

posted by billsaysthis at 04:11 PM on October 26, 2005

What was failed to be reported is that the team then beat the shit out of the fans after they were done . Those wacky soccer dudes!

posted by Desert Dog at 04:32 PM on October 26, 2005

What an excellent idea. It wouldn't work here with our high priced whiners and thugs though. I'd like to see someone get in Sheffield's face after a tough loss and tell him it was his fault they lost. I'd pay to see that.

posted by fenriq at 04:51 PM on October 26, 2005

Bobby Gould did that a few seasons back when he was West Brom manager. It seems he heard a fan outside the dressing room mouthing off mightily so opened the door, dragged him in and invited him to share his views with the players. He became a bit tongue tied, apparently. I heard one of the players involved (forget who) on the radio a few weeks ago and he said that to a man the players lost all respect for him after the incident. Gould, not the fan; I don't expect they had much respect for the fan in the first place.

posted by Fat Buddha at 05:11 PM on October 26, 2005

Isn't this a bit like those juvenile justice programs where the criminals are brought in to meet the families of the victims? No? Well, I certainly feel that way about Derby County....

posted by owlhouse at 06:35 PM on October 26, 2005

This could turn out really bad. I know some guys who are basically psychotic when it comes to their favorite team. Psychotic people should be kept away from the source of their psychoticness.

posted by panoptican at 08:07 PM on October 26, 2005

or my Browns, for that matter) I was at the last game. The line would extend from the browns locker room to the R&R Hall of Fame entrance. Way too many things wrong. ugly, ugly, ugly game.

posted by roycedawg at 08:13 PM on October 26, 2005

panotpican, I don't know, if you cross a pyscho with the object of his/her pyschosis, don't they cancel each other out and the universe is saved? I can actually see how this could be very, very bad.

posted by fenriq at 01:58 PM on October 27, 2005

Certainly not a positive prescription for all teams. But, definitely a unique approach once in a great while. If nothing else, it made me chuckle, and it makes you pause and wonder "what if" that was done in other instances.

posted by littleLebowski at 02:06 PM on October 27, 2005

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