However with the team falling into a losing position, the coach was preparing to bring back in a few of the better players when he got a shout from Billy Morgan from the sideline — that’s not the way things are done here. It was a strong statement to be sending.
We were reminded of the recently shown Barcelona documentary Take the ball, pass the ball which has some insights into the reasons the club were so dominant and just so good in those Pep Guardiola years 2008-12.
Barcelona would hardly have been so strong without Cruyff and then Guardiola to bring players along and put the importance of following their way at the centre of their style. Nemo would hardly have been Nemo without Billy Morgan’s convictions and ability to drive them and then everybody else in the club who’ve bought into it.
See the grey areas here, where you can rush to write off one way of doing things as ignorant until the thinking behind it is pointed out. Creating cultures in a club can create the same patterns, where theory on how they developed and why they were influential can be lost a little in the blitz to blindly follow them. There’s not always a right way and it’s certainly not always the same right way for every club.