Wilson’s Wisdom: Bad news and views are part of the game

Andy Awford and his former assistant boss Alan McLoughlin. Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Awford and his former assistant boss Alan McLoughlin. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Wilson’s Wisdom is the weekly Sports Mail column written by sports reporter Steve Wilson

The ‘unhelpful’ local media came in for a bit of stick this week from Pompey.

A first club statement, which did nothing but ‘note speculation’, came in the wake of those shock reports of Alan McLoughlin’s departure.

You may have noticed, that turned out to be true, by the way.

The ‘unhelpful’ local media came in for a bit of stick this week from Pompey.

A first club statement, which did nothing but ‘note speculation’, came in the wake of those shock reports of Alan McLoughlin’s departure.

You may have noticed, that turned out to be true, by the way. Those in the corridors of power chose not to confirm those reports when the news first broke.

Perhaps those reasons were contractual, perhaps McLoughlin’s departure hadn’t been officially confirmed, perhaps it was down to being unprepared by the timing of how it all happened.

We still don’t know.

When McLoughlin’s exit was confirmed a few days later, it was the usual ‘statement speak’ of thanking everyone for their efforts and wishing them well but also read: ‘Media speculation surrounding this matter has been unhelpful.’

So perhaps we should all have sat twiddling our thumbs until a few paragraphs appeared on the club website?

Unfortunately, bad news happens – it’s part of the game.

It’s part of life.

As much as we would all rather discuss those great wins, trophies and promotions, the reality is entirely different.

Managers and coaches get sacked, teams get relegated and players suffer injuries.

Praise gets lavished, criticism is spouted, opinions get expressed by those with insight.

Then in turn, others will voice their own opinions on the validity or quality of that insight.

Amid all of those views, it means that sometimes we all have to wear a few opinions that some of us may not agree with.

That applies to figures at the club just as much as it does to those of us who have gathered the information to pass on to readers.

Personally, I have written stories in the past where I have not agreed with a single word of the opinion that was being expressed by a manager or a player.

But should my own view cloud whether that story was worthy of being printed?

So what do we do if we don’t agree with the sentiment of a club statement or the inflammatory views of McLoughlin’s former team-mate Paul Walsh?

In my opinion – there’s that word again – we shrug our shoulders, respect another person’s view and we get on with it.

I think most sane supporters understand that the figures on the board make decisions in the firm belief they are in the best interests of the club.

But they must also know it’s impossible to please everyone all the time and they must have anticipated some negative reaction to McLoughlin’s departure – a bloke who was a hero to many.

We still don’t know the ins and outs of the decision that saw McLoughlin leave and Gary Waddock replace him.

And it’s unlikely we will ever get the full balanced tale if those in the know won’t talk about it.

Do we all want to know simply because we are nosey gossips or are we entitled to an explanation?

Alternatively, are those who make those decisions allowed some professional privacy over some delicate negotiations?

It all depends on your point of view...