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Chaplain’s Corner

1 year ago By Rob Overfield

Club chaplain Paul Barker’s latest programme notes...

We appeared to have entered that “silly season” of manager sacking, some of whom have only been in the job a matter of months. Clubs which have found themselves at the wrong end of the table have decided that someone must pay the price for a bad run of results, and usually that is the manager.

Owners and chairman often think that a new man will sprinkle “star dust” over their underperforming team and miraculously they will start to climb the table. History tells us that a change of manager can bring about a change of fortune and everything in the garden is rosy again.

One of the reasons we often hear for a manager being dismissed is that “He has lost the dressing room”. A strange expression, because no one has actually moved it!! Most of us realise it means the players no longer have confidence in the boss. They no longer trust his tactics or game plans and in some cases how training is conducted.

Often this situation comes about when one or two senior players, who have strong opinions, can sway the view of less experienced members of the squad and influence their view on the man in charge. This is a complete turn round from years ago when the manager was respected by those in his charge.

As I have mentioned in this column before, I have the privilege of going into the changing room and sample the atmosphere and spirit among the squad. Because of this I am not about to spill the beans on any individuals. It is fair to say that Dowse has the respect of those in his care. Maybe it’s because they don’t fully understand what he is saying!

Anyone who gets a bit too big for their boots is soon dealt with. It only takes one rotten apple to spoil the barrel, as the saying goes. Failure to deal with any disruptive influences can affect the whole mood of the team, and could ultimately have an effect on the results.

Jesus knows a thing or two about bad characters effecting His “team”. Judas was one of His original squad. He was the treasurer of the group and eventually greed got the better of him and he betrayed his Master for 30 pieces of silver.

The religious leaders of the day thought Jesus was the “rotten apple”, so they decided crucifixion was the answer to get rid of Him. They didn’t think that He would keep His promise of rising from the grave three days later!!

Team Church, which started over 2,000 years ago is still being added to on a world wide scale. This is one manager that still has His tactics spot on. All His “players” need to do is follow His instructions.

Updated 20:46 - 1 Nov 2017 by Rob Overfield

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