| Ray wrote:|
I have mentioned this elsewhere one way or another, however to summarise, our manager did not like the fact Russ was held in such high esteem by the rest of the players, to the extent they looked to him at half time and full time for motivation, tactical input, etc.
This was obviously not RM’s fault, after all he can hardly be blamed for what others thought of his skills in that department and it is common knowledge that he is EUFA A qualified and is on his way to EUFA Pro. |
I'd heard something along those lines from Michael Bailey (might have been Dave Freezer) on the various Pinkun chats.
Ultimately that 4-0 loss at Millwall killed a lot of careers. We had Pinto, Martin, Franke and Husband shielded by Harrison Reed on that day. Klose was injured, and Russell Martin had been playing through painkilling injections.
After that Grant Hanley was brought in as a panic buy, and Pinto, Klose, Zimmerman, Stiepermann lined up against Sheffield United protected by Tettey and Trybull.
That successful run quickly meant our three first choice centre backs were Klose, Zimmerman and Hanley. With Raggett having a strong spell with Lincoln, it was always going to be pretty much impossible for Russ to get back in.