Everyone knows that one of my pet hates is when the media spins our manager’s words.
Far worse is when they simply reinterpret them to suit their agenda.
There’s a classic example of that over on the Football Scotland website today; “Ange Postecoglou warns Celtic fans to expect more big name transfer exits after Juranovic and Giakoumakis.”
And if you’re wondering when exactly the big guy did any such thing … well, there’s a reason you can’t quite place it and it’s because it never actually happened. He did nothing of the sort. There was no warning to fans about other players leaving … what he said that was we would be aggressive in our transfer dealings and we’d be prepared for what happened.
But nobody at Parkhead is “expecting” that far less “warning” fans about it.
“Ange Postecoglou has warned Celtic fans the club won’t be afraid to allow more top players to leave in future transfer windows,” the article starts. So this isn’t even a case of a headline writer taking what he or she wants from the article … this was the writer of the piece himself, a guy called Aiden Scott, simply writing his own version of what the boss said.
Here’s what Ange actually did say.
“There was an opportunity in this window, I had an inkling that at least a couple of significant players would move on, on Josip and particularly Giakoumakis, so I really thought it was important to get ahead of the game there and get in players to replace them. If we didn’t lose those players in the window I was comfortable with that as well, as was the club, there wasn’t a need to sell anyone.”
“It was a unique opportunity for us, the boys moved on.
“With the business we’ve done, if Giakoumakis goes though, we’ve moved on two players who are 27, 28, and brought in four who are under 24 for an awful less money and I think will make us stronger in the long-term. It’s not about forcing players out, obviously there’s going to be opportunities. There is a model this club works on and other clubs work on. What we’re trying to do is maximise the potential of our players but there won’t be any intent to move players out. But in terms of our players having interest from other clubs, if it’s a good deal for everyone involved, we’ll make sure to be ready for that.”
Being prepared anything that happens is hardly “warning” fans to expect the worst.
Ange is quite clear in that statement “there won’t be any intent to move players out.” So in point of fact he’s saying the exact opposite of what that headline and that opening statement suggests.
I absolutely detest the underhanded way our media behaves at times.
Anything to get their anti-Celtic headline, it is absolutely pathetic.