There is not a game that goes by without hearing someone swearing in French

“People are much more honest and open in England. If things aren’t right, everyone immediately deals with the problem and tries to rectify the situation. Nothing is ever done in secret. It’s a very refreshing approach to the game. Players are given advice and help, but, so long as they perform to the best of their ability on a Saturday, are left to make decisions for themselves. That means no one tells you you can’t eat a Mars bar before a game or you can’t chew gum on a Tuesday. The manager has instilled a system of trust where you don’t have silly rules and the players are responding positively to the freedom they are being granted.”

Posted November 5, 2001

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