November 02, 2012

Legend Let Down by Leg Ends


BILLY'S CONTRACT on Neale Cooper


I’m absolutely devastated at Neale Cooper's departure from the club. However I am disgusted at the players for forcing Cooper’s hand in tendering in his notice. 

It would appear that a section of players did not want to play for him or share his passion. Another group of players, mainly the younger ones, were bereft of confidence and then there were those who are just not good enough. I am not saying that Neale Cooper was not responsible in part, for the situation the club finds itself in. I am sure in retrospect he would do some things differently.
"One thing is for sure, Neale Cooper’s name will always be revered by the club and the supporters, which is something many of the current squad could only dream of."
At least Neale Cooper can hold his head up high and has retained his dignity, unlike many of the current first team squad. If any of them had an ounce of moral fibre about them, one or two of them should also hand in their notice of employment as they have not been putting a full shift in for the best part of the season.

I want Pools' and Cooper's successor to do well, however if the same group of players do manage to salvage something from the season (like the small matter of avoiding relegation) then it will speak volumes of their poor commitment to Neale Cooper. If on the other hand Pools drop into division two it will just confirm that we just had a poor set of players in the first place, which Neale Cooper or anyone else could do little with. I think the saying goes that you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear...or was it something to do with polishing turds?

One thing is for sure, Neale Cooper’s name will always be revered by the club and the supporters, which is something many of the current squad could only dream of. Many of which will be long forgotten a few weeks after they have been given free transfers at the end of next season. Most of which will be lucky to secure employment with another league club.