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Biting Back: Managers must have more trust in players

The Best man: George in Manchester United colours
The Best man: George in Manchester United colours

By Stuart McKinley

There's a series on ITV4 at the minute called 'The Football Mavericks.'

If you get a chance to see it, don't miss out. It's a great watch.

The running theme throughout the programmes is players with undoubted ability who never quite fulfilled all of their promise or hit the heights in their careers.

At times this is as much down to the players themselves; even our own George Best didn't always help himself, but he still had a decent medal collection, with two league championships and a European Cup to his name.

A lot of the time the failure of these enigmatic players to reach their potential is down to their managers. In the latest episode Rodney Marsh, a maverick himself, said that Paul Gascoigne would never have played for England under Sir Alf Ramsey - although his record stands up to scrutiny alright.

These players, who are a bit different from the norm and get fans off their seats rather than being on the edge of them, are revered by fans.

The problem is that there is a lack of trust in them from managers. A fear perhaps that if a player isn't working hard he's a risk. And too often not a risk worth taking.

If a manager can't set up a team to have others doing the work to let the creative flair player do his thing then it's their tactical nous that is letting not just themselves, but their fans down too.

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