Yesterday your son kicked off his second season with the rest of the team and it was a tough opener. The day before I spent much time in training going through defensive drills and all the boys were clear on what they needed to do.
When the match started, your son spent the first 10 minutes watching the attackers rush by and in no time we were 2 – 0 down. It was not your son’s fault, however the opposition started targeting their play down his side and he was not enjoying it at all.
I therefore persisted with substituting him with another defender, a more experienced player who has lost his regular place in the team because he attends Saturday school where they play sports. As you know, the match started to swing in our favour and after being 3 -0 down, we managed to end the game on 3 – 3.
You were rightly annoyed that your son only got limited time on the pitch and you pointed to the fact that it was because the other player was better. Please let me explain. This had nothing to do with ability; I looked at the match in general and felt that he was not going to have an easy ride, so I took the decision to replace him. You must remember that this is a “team game” and that I will make decisions based on whatever is in the best interest of the team. If I felt that by substituting your son with a stronger player and stemming the flow of goals, that we would give ourselves a chance, then that is what I did. My decision worked in our favour but in the process upset you, so for this I am truly sorry.
But you must remember, I only think in the best interest of the team and will not make decisions just to please parents. I have full faith in your son and I hope he can continue to take what he learns in training into the match. It’s a long season with lots of games, and things will improve.
Words that have been zooming in my head since yesterday’s incredible fight back from the boys. I was in high spirits after the match only to be on the end of a “grilling” by a parent, I just wanted to go home after that and had a miserable day. Is it all worth it?