Now that my own season is complete I think this is as good a time as any for a bit of reflection over the past few months with the blog.
Firstly I would like to thank each and every person who has taken the time to have a look at what I have had to offer. Whether you have agreed with what I have said or disagreed, the feedback has been superb. I am grateful to all of the social media followers who have joined in the discussion and taken part in the polls. Without your support of the blog I would probably have given up after a couple of posts. I would also like to thank the guys out there who continually retweet me so that I can get maximum exposure to the amateur family. You all know who you are! The site has now breached well into the five figures for visitor numbers and the reach of the blog has surpassed way beyond what I had expected it ever would when I first started this up and this is all down to the power of social media.
There have been a couple of occasions over this season that have really put a smile on my face. One of which was sitting in the stand at one of the recent National semi finals where I overheard a group of men sitting behind me discussing how much they can relate to the pieces I have written and speculating as to who I really am. Social media can sometimes be a bit misleading as people can follow or befriend you at the hit of a button but to actually hear for yourself that people you don’t even know are enjoying your work is something that I was really proud of.
I have also had the bizarre situation in my own clubs changing room where my players were discussing one of the blogs. Without giving too much away about what was said it was jokingly suggested that I get sacked and they bring in the guy who does the Gaffers View as he is clearly more clued up than I will ever be. I did have a chuckle into myself and thought “if only you knew.”
That said, I have probably now gotten to the stage that outing myself would cause significant upset for various individuals due to some of the content of what I have written. In particular The Elephant in the Room, The Perfect Substitute and Dealing With a Clique. As I have said before I do not intend to cause any grief or embarrassment for anyone but the nature of what I write means that I have to call it as I see it. If by telling the truth I cause offense then perhaps those being offended should look in the mirror and have a think about the consequences of their actions.
On that note, I would like to think that the blog gives the guys who play an alternative view to amateur football and that they can see what the guys who make the clubs tick have to go through each week. If I have managed at all to change the attitude or opinions of a handful of players so far then I have at least done some good with this and achieved a small part of what I had intended to do. Being an amateur Manager is a thankless and at times very dark role so think about that please the next time you have a go at your boss or criticise his decisions.
Looking forward to next season I have plenty more material which I haven’t managed to get to yet and I am sure that the footballing year will naturally throw up something for me to talk about. So keep an eye out for future posts and feel free to spread the word about the website.
Lastly, I would like to wish all the amateur Managers out there a relaxing and stress free break and hope that you get all of the players in that you need for the season ahead. As for me I am off for a well deserved holiday and a few beers at the pool.
5 thoughts on “The View So Far”
Well “The Gaffer” or the spy with an eye. You see some of your opinions maybe on the ball but some are as they say off the ball. No matter right or wrong why sit in the dark exposing your silhouette and spouting off
A real gaffer would have the hutspa to show himself you could say like Superman not Batman who hides behind the same silhouette . You see even Burns and Shakespeare put pen to paper but show themselves to their public . So in conclusion say what you feel when you feel it but, just like a journalist you can put a face to a name, maybe in your case “the bells made me deaf you know” Quasi” “wax on wax off” Peter Brady I think you’ll know who that is. PS the greatest managers will say what they feel is right but at least not from behind a mask. Expose yourself ! Sorry show yourself! Second thoughts sit in the dark and handle yourself😂😂😂😂
Gaffer….I totally understand your desire to remain anonymous but have some sympathy with Mr Peebles although only some
You are of course only giving an opinion and not knowing you I have not had too many issues with what you have written
Having said that, sometimes there are very good reasons as to why events unfold the way they do and obviously you may not know those
Once you write something…and this is a general point about anyone not just yourself….it is very difficult to take it back…and people will believe it even when it’s not true and sometimes that stirs up a honey pot of bees and they all wanna sting…even if it’s not accurate
Having said that…its a society of free speech and it should be
But I am concerned that one day someone will say the wrong thing at the wrong time.
If people want to make comment..then they should do so openly without any sort of mask
Again…no issues with what you write…just my opinion
Fear of backlash, a lot of people want to say something that could potentially perceived as the wrong thing at the wrong time but avoid it, the league can ban someone who is seen to be critical so this can be used to circumvent such things.
Keep it up gaffer, the truth will set them free lol
As for being anonymous that’s up to you, as Andy says sometimes there are reasons behind things that don’t get seen but as long as the truth is told then everything’s fair game.
Enjoy the summer
Must be about the clubs
We live in a world where your simply not allowed to cause offence. The PC brigade ride high and mighty, leagues detest any sort of negative press, governing bodies even more so. Clubs are more protective over their teams than ever before.. It’s a shame that honest opinion has to be voiced from the safety of anonymity. But hell mend he who says anything negative about a player, club or league for fear of abuse. Being able to discuss and disagree like gentlemen is a rarity – bans get dished out all too quick.
I am sure if the gaffer felt he could speak with as much honesty – safely – with his identity known, he would. But sadly, I doubt he would be. Be it eternal abuse socially or threats lined up at him from keyboard gangsters.
Wether you agree with the opinion or not is irrelevant, maybe the anonymity allows him to discuss things which even he may not agree with. What doesn’t change is the sentiment of each post – regardless of who posts it.