Yates scared the people in the train carriage coming home yesterday as he shouted “Yes!” and fistpumped to his reading the news that Paul Downton has been sacked from his role at the ECB.
After several months of highlighting Downton’s failings the question any of us would like answered is “What tipped the scales?” What finally made Tom Harrison make the right but overdue decision?
Continue reading Change Is Afoot: Downton Sacked
Some years ago an organisation made a director level appointment. There was the usual top brass bullshit and business buzzword bingo as part of the introductory PR spin. Big things were clearly expected from this new director.
It wasn’t long before this director’s significant flaws came to the fore. The first major decision made by this new director was based entirely on his own prejudices, refusing to present an honest justification and completely ignoring the existing excellent and continuing performance of the organisation.
Other decisions were also flawed, appointments made crucially so. The organisation’s performance, brand and reputation were being damaged by a supposedly safe pair of hands.
Continue reading The Parable Of The Poor Director
Despite doing nothing about the booing Moeen Ali received in recent international games, the Exceptionally Clueless Buffoons have been revealed as charging Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale with racism against Lancashire’s South African batsman Ashwell Prince.
Did Gale let rip with an outburst worthy of a UKIPper?
Did he use the N-word? The S-word? The C-word? The M-word?
Did he make certain gestures or references to certain body parts?
Did he refer to a certain land made famous by Alan Clark and then by Godfrey Bloom?
Did he let rip with a Gene Hunt special?
Did he throw a piece of fruit? (If none of these make any sense get onto Google).
Any or all of the above would deserve a guilty verdict. But no, Andrew Gale did not do any of these things.
Continue reading The K-Word
Instead of anticipating the start of the Ashes series, Yates has some strong words for the ECB. Instead of policing cricket properly and pushing for the ICC to start doing the same thing, the ECB seems intent on trying to police YouTube clips. Specifically one of the best cricket channels on YouTube, that run by Rob Moody (see his Twitter feed here). Continue reading ECB Greedy Buggers
Listening to some favourite music here in Yates’ towers, Yates suddenly found himself singing along to a song but with some different lyrics. Who would have thought Ozzy Osbourne and the Aussie cricket team would be linked in a post here?
Continue reading Mickey Arthur
Yates almost wet himself laughing this morning at the news that 4 of Australia’s touring squad in India have been dropped for the next test because they failed to complete a presentation about how the team could improve its performanes.
This has been described as “a breach of team protocol” but that is absolute b*ll*cks in Yates’ opinion. Let us be more accurate in this assessment – it’s refusing to take part in mindless, pointless management games which suggest that Mickey Arthur hasn’t got a clue any more.
Continue reading Mental Mickey?
David “Jabba The Hutt” Collier reckons that, although he hasn’t seen any of the BBM messages, the whole KPGate incident was an attempt by the South African team to provoke Kevin Pietersen and disrupt team morale.
The first thought that comes to mind is what the hell was Collier doing going on Sportsweek to discuss KPGate? Surely it is now supposed to be under a clear process which will be behind closed doors and thus merits a “this is not up for discussion” response.
Hardly the act of a Chief Executive who is supportive of the “re-integration” process and objective. Hardly the act of a Chief Executive who can be trusted – remember there is supposed to be a bond of trust between employer and employee.
Continue reading Shut Up Jabba!
You wouldn’t have gotten any more faeces out of Seedy Giles Clarke if you’d have given him a double dose of Picolax twenty minutes before yesterday’s press conference. Are the ECB now sponsored by Andrex?
What is all this crap about a “Holding camp” and a “Programme”? Some kind of illegal alien alcoholic treatment centre? Drunk Daleks with delirium tremens? Plastered Primords peeing and puking pyrotechnically? Wankered Weeping Angels wobbling off into the night? Has Seedy Giles been talking to Steven Moffat?
Those in charge of English cricket have been shown up as inflated buffoons obsessed with verbal diarrhoea. This was was verbal diarrhoea at its worst from a serial offender. One thing Seedy Giles has managed is to get the word “Re-integration” mocked mercilessly.
Continue reading Verbal Diarrhoea From The ECB
If there is any element of truth in Nick Hoult’s article in today’s Telegraph, it goes to show that Yates was wrong about the Three Stooges. It is The Feckless Five – Hugh Morris, Giles Clarke, David Collier, Geoff Miller and Andy Flower – who are showing their complete unsuitability for working with top level sportsmen.
Continue reading The Feckless Five
It gives Yates no pleasure to post this entry. Yates is not normally taken to such strength of criticism. However, the decision by Hugh Morris and the ECB senior management to drop Kevin Pietersen for the crucial third test match is the culmination of incompetence and bad management by Morris and his colleagues.
It also goes a fair way to surrendering the coveted #1 test team ranking to the South Africans.
Continue reading South Africa Now #1 Rated Test Team