Every professional player deals with “big boy” issues.
What’s happening with the club? Who’s going to be the coach – same guy or new guy? And will he want me?
What about the guy in the next locker – is he going to be here next year? Heck, next week?
What about me? Rent or buy here on the housing front? Because who really knows what the club is thinking about me. Too old? Too young? Too soft? Too hard? Not technical enough? Too technical?
It goes on and on. These are professional sports, and there are grown-up decisions to be made.
They should not have to worry about it as big regular season matches approach. And they should not have to worry about it as playoffs approach.
This is what the off-season is all about.
How could any of the corner office suits in the New York Red Bulls organization think it was a good idea to create so much instability at such a sensitive time? Again, even when they get into the playoffs for a third consecutive year, this proves to be an organization that simply cannot deal with success. Any level of it.
Here’s what Dax McCarty (spoiler alert … this guy has a big chance to land on my personal Best XI ballot) had to say about the timing of front office changes and the tenuous standing of manager Hans Backe:
It’s definitely not something is helpful to the team, that’s for sure. They are what they are. They’re rumors and just stuff from the outside that might try to get to us as a team and create a little bit of a story, create a little bit of adversity, you might call it.”