Manager criticises players’ use of social media
A LEADING Suffolk football manager has slammed players’ use of social media websites.
Bury Town manager Richard Wilkins said he thought Twitter and Facebook websites were a “poisoned tool” in the wake of members of his squad openly writing about whether they will stay with the Ryman League Premier Division club next season.
Although not wishing to name the players concerned, Wilkins is clearly disappointed.
He said: “I believe Twitter is a poisoned tool for the media. It seems to me that it causes more harm than good as does Facebook. From a journalist’s point of view it is a heaven, but players don’t realise what they put on there sometimes doesn’t come across very well.
“I don’t think it is the right thing to do to start plastering details on there which should be between the player and the club.
You may also want to watch:
“It is all right to write on there that you have bought a new pair of shoes, but when you start writing about contractual issues that doesn’t seem right to me. You should deal with people face-to-face.
“A simple tweet can be misinterpreted. We have had a couple of instances where things have been taken out of context, and on reflection people have realised they were over the top.”
- 1 Caravan owners furious after park suddenly blocks sales of properties
- 2 Engineers repair water main which flooded A14 roundabout
- 3 Matchday Recap: Blues cruise to victory at Fratton Park
- 4 The Suffolk pub serving a gourmet Sunday lunch three days a week
- 5 Framlingham taxi driver lives double life as Chateau Diaries star
- 6 Portsmouth 0-4 Ipswich Town: Blues deliver Cook's biggest win as boss
- 7 Ipswich's Covid infection rate now the highest in England
- 8 Thunderstorm warning issued in Suffolk as heavy rain forecast
- 9 Former Suffolk school leaders found guilty of professional misconduct
- 10 Familiar faces galore, 'Chequebook FC' and the start of something big? - Town head to Portsmouth
It is not the first time managers and players have locked horns over the use of Twitter. Billy Clark, who ironically has committed himself to Bury Town next season, ended his career at Ipswich Town by tweeting he was “glad to be out of there to be honest” – provoking an outburst by Blues boss Paul Jewell.
The Town manager was also subject to a strong four-letter expletive from former left-back Shane O’Connor who then became embroiled in a row with supporters on Twitter.