York City boss Sam Collins is ready to get “really, really horrible” as he looks to clamp down on perceived ill-discipline at the club, York Press report.
After the 2-0 defeat at Boston United on Saturday, Collins criticised veteran striker Jon Parkin for being filmed on Twitter drinking alcohol on a Sunday morning at a UK airport and also expressed his disappointment in another unnamed player for eating a bag of Doritos on the way to a game.
Collins, who has sanctioned days off for Parkin this season to watch games in Germany and Holland for trips linked to his undrthecosh podcast venture, stressed that he has tried to be accommodating and fair with every member of his squad, but feels he might now need to take a tougher stance as the club look to improve on their disappointing 14th-placed position in the National League North table.
After watching his team throw away a two-goal lead to draw at home last week to Leamington, Collins vowed not to “hammer” his players, but Saturday’s 2-0 defeat in Lincolnshire led him to confess that he was “sick of hearing excuses” in the changing room for below-par performances and he has pointed out: “I’ve tried to be really fair with everyone and they’ve all had a chance in the team, other than Dan Parslow, who was going to play at Swindon but he got injured and then we had to strengthen.
“I’ve treated the players with respect and in the same way I would have wanted to be if it was the other way around and I was still playing. But I’ve worked with some managers who were really, really harsh and tough in terms of discipline and, if I have to get the discipline side right by being really, really horrible to get three points, so be it because, if they are letting me down, they’re letting the football club down and, if they don’t like that, I don’t care.”
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