Monday, September 30, 2013

Tough times ahead for Manchester United - and Moyes is to blame

Everyone is looking for reasons behind David Moyes' failure to come to grips with managing Manchester United.

I believe a very big contribution to his lack of success is due to Moyes letting go of the experienced coaching staff that served for many years under Sir Alex Ferguson and bringing with him his Everton coaching team, plus Phil Neville.

Firstly Phil Neville has no coaching experience at all. And by no coaching experience I don't mean hardly any - I mean none. He was captain of Everton until the end of the last EPL season. Manchester United is not the place you come to learn your trade.

And bringing with you a team of coaching staff that have never finished higher than 5th in the last 7 years to replace the coaching staff who in that same timeframe won the EPL 5 times. It doesn't make logical sense. Doing the same things with the same people that were done at Everton and expecting that to yield different results to those experienced at Everton - that seems a bit illogical.

So what should he do - one option is to get the main coaching staff back and work on phasing in his own coaching staff over a period of at least a couple years. Get those experienced at the Manchester United way of doing things to hand over that knowledge to the new team.

Alas, I don't think that will happen. It seems David Moyes is stubbornly set against doing this - that's if this article is anything to go by (in this article it is described by Eric Steele, one of the ex-coaching staff how one Sir Alex Ferguson asked David Moyes to please keep that team in place, advice that Moyes ignored and now sees Man Utd sitting in 12th place): SkySports article

It seems Manchester United supporters are in for an extended period of tough times. The problem the manager has is that there is a certain expectation at a club of the size and with the history of Man U. If things don't change for the positive soon the dislike of Moyes is going to steadily increase.
Recent comments that Moyes has made about a lack of world class players at Manchester United is not going to do him any favours with the supporters and players alike.

It does seem like there's a long road ahead that will have it's ups and downs. It is going to take some humility from David Moyes and lots of patience from the United supporters to get to the other end still in one piece.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Unsafe roads in South Africa

This horror crash in Pinetown, South Africa, is shocking but when looking at road death numbers in South Africa it is not surprising.

Why are our roads this treacherous? The answer isn't a simple one-liner, it's a few issues that are either not being tackled or not being tackled in the right way. 

The initial issue is our society's lack of value placed on human life (this is a cause of many issues in different facets of South African society) and the perception that not everyone has the right to a dignified life. Any person or company that causes human suffering or death should face the appropriate repercussions. But this rarely happens.

Loss of life has far-reaching consequences and a "slap on the wrist fine" because the "brakes failed" is simply not going to solve any problems. There are children that are now without a parent, families that have now lost income. 

In a society where drinking and driving is joked about and considered a norm, something drastic needs to be done to change our collective attitude.

Responsibility needs to be attributed at all levels after a thorough investigation; from the driver to the vehicle owner, from the manufacturer to the people who serviced the vehicle, from the authorities responsible for that intersection's traffic light timing, to the authorities responsible for the safety of that highway offramp. You get the picture: An investigation that uncovers each point at which someone or something contributed to this fatal crash. Then steps taken to ensure that doesn't happen again, on any road.

Once responsibility has been attributed, the repercussions need to be drastic enough that the individuals and companies responsible would not even consider repeating the actions that led to this type of incident. And deter anyone else from being lax in their attitude toward road safety.

Financial compensation 
The families affected by these types of tragedies are compensated in some way, but this is not fair in South Africa, not by a long way. The main reason for this is loss is calculated using the person's current earnings - but who knows the future value that individual is going to be providing for his dependants? A taxi driver in his early twenties, who knows what this person could have achieved by the time he turned 35, it's impossible to say but basing compensation on current earnings is not adequate compensation.

There are families being put into circumstances that could lead to long-term suffering - this is a situation that should be avoided at all costs. 

But to get there we first need everyone concerned to agree that human life is of greatetst value and that every single person in South Africa has the right to a dignified life.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Martin Whitmarsh - we made some big mistakes

Martin Whitmarsh
"This year we have made some big mistakes -- that is very obvious, and difficult to rectify," the Briton said. "I don't like it, but there is no point in hiding from it."

Full story 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

Death at 2013 Formula 1 Canadian GP

A 38-year-old marshal was killed at the end of the Canadian Grand Prix after being hit by a recovery truck.
He was run over by the recovery vehicle, whose driver could not see him, added the FIA.
Medics stabilised the victim at the track before he was airlifted to hospital where he later died.
Dr Jacques Bouchard, the Grand Prix's chief medical officer, said the marshal "suffered major trauma with multiple fractures and a serious abdominal contusion".

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ross Brawn says Lewis Hamilton just needs time

Lewis Hamilton BahrainLewis Hamilton does not need to make drastic changes in order to answer Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg's challenge, according to team principal Ross Brawn. Full story