Managers struggling to handle the media at the fans expense

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Press conferences are becoming more and more stressful for managers these days and in the last couple of weeks, one has walked out and another threatened to do the same.

But of course, press conferences are designed to allow the press to ask those questions, fans are not in a position to ask.

Most die hard fans spend hundreds, even thousands of pounds each year to follow their club and that in turn drives massive tv rights, ticket sales, merchandise sales and sponsorship deals. A club is only financially viable with a strong fanbase (whatever league you play in).


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Most fans are either working or middle class, earning between a few hundred quid a week to maybe a few thousand pounds a month, often doing jobs that they really don't want to do.

Observing managers and their players, who are paid to play a game essentially, is hard to bear when performances are poor, so there is always going to be questions from the fans.

If managers are unable to answer the difficult questions or prefer to take an easier route out, it does show a lack of respect for the very people paying, what is generally a very decent salary.

In some cases, manager's earn more in one year than their pay masters earn in a lifetime, so you would expect more empathy for fans when performances are poor.

Managers would be best advised to show more respect to the fans and understand journalists are essentially paid by the fans too and are only trying to address their concerns through an open medium.

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