Hawks winger Craig Braham-Barrett faces the prospect of disciplinary action after criticising manager Shaun Gale on social networking site Twitter.
The summer arrival from Farnborough used the internet to vent his frustrations after being named as a substitute for the Hawks’ league trip to Maidenhead United on Tuesday night.
Braham-Barrett, who was named by Gale in his starting line-up for all previous eight Hawks games this season, questioned the manager’s ability to get the best out of him and indicated he wanted a transfer away from Westleigh Park.
‘Feeling it’s time to move on, he doesn’t really appreciate my hard work and my contribution for the team,’ tweeted Braham-Barrett on the site.
The winger later retracted his statement but his comments were still brought to the attention of Hawks boss Gale.
He understood his player’s frustrations but claimed the internet was not the best way to let his grievances be known.
Gale also revealed he would deal with the matter internally.
‘I have warned the players about using the social network because they can get themselves into trouble,’ said Gale.
‘If they are going to use it they have to do so responsibly.
‘I am not pleased with players saying they want to move on but at the same time won’t go overboard on it.
‘There are more important things to talk about and players need to get their heads down and work harder.
‘I will be having a conversation with Craig about this but the outcome will remain internal within the club.
‘He was frustrated and made his comments in the heat of the moment.
‘I’ll take them with a pinch of salt.’
Braham-Barrett is not the first footballer to put his foot in it on a social networking site, with other high-profile examples including Aston Villa and England striker Darren Bent, and prolific tweeter Joey Barton.
After taking stock of his comment following the 2-0 defeat at Maidenhead, Braham-Barrett stated on Twitter: ‘A good night’s sleep, I’ve come to my sense.
‘I’m at a good club with a good manager that has great experience and also great fans.
‘Time to get my head down and win my shirt back.
‘Obviously, I haven’t been doing something right.
‘So time to get back to basics.’
Whether his retraction proves enough to save him from a fine remains doubtful, though.