Morgan Schneiderlin, Southampton, and sulking 4

Ronald Koeman spoke about the situation surrounding Morgan Schneiderlin in a press-conference yesterday - here are those quotes, via the BBC.

“The situation is difficult, the player makes it difficult.  I spoke to him with our chairman and the situation has not changed - we don’t sell Schneiderlin and he has to accept that.

Tomorrow he is not in the squad. He said he is not physically and, even more, mentally prepared for tomorrow. On one side I can understand that.  He will continue as a football player of Southampton. Now it is up to him. If this is still the situation next week then Morgan has a big problem.  We told Morgan to take two days off and think about the situation because we will not change our minds. This is our decision. So we will see on Monday.”

There are some hidden caveats in this situation and nobody beyond Ralph Krueger, Ronald Koeman, or Morgan Schneiderlin himself is fully aware of the dialogue that has taken place between player and club.  Maybe Schneiderlin was led to believe he would be granted a transfer?  Maybe he was actually assured that he could leave?  Or maybe his behaviour has simply been predicated on a reaction to the St Mary’s exodus this Summer?

It’s obviously right to asterisk any opinion with the various ambiguities that exist here, but I’m not going to do that because the cumulative effect of hearing players moan about being denied opportunities to which they believe themselves to be entitled has taken its toll on me.

Here’s something that Schneiderlin needs to wake up to: it doesn’t matter whether Southampton have changed their mind about selling him or whether they’ve shifted from a previous stance.  Really, it doesn’t.  If that is the case then it’s less than professional, but the midfielder has to let go of the belief that there’s an obligation involved in any of this.

Morgan Schneiderlin presumably believes that he’s now owed the opportunity to play at a higher level with Tottenham, but is blissfully unaware that had it not been for Southampton, neither Didier Deschamps, Mauricio Pochettino, nor anyone involved with the French national team or Tottenham Hotspur would ever have even heard of Morgan Schneiderlin.  If this is an argument over who is owed what by whom, the moral high-ground upon which the player is standing is not as firm as he seemingly believes it to be.

I’m not implying that he is obliged to play for Southampton for the rest of time, but there are ways of moving clubs and furthering careers which don’t involve this kind of behaviour.  The modern player is very transient and ‘loyalty’ is a dated concept now, but that in itself isn’t an excuse for the acrimony which is now such a regular feature of transfer situations.

Can’t train because you’re not ‘mentally or physically’ ready?  Oh stop it; pick your toys up off the floor, put on your boots and get back to work.  If Tottenham value Morgan Schneiderlin enough to match Southampton’s asking price, the player will get his move - there’s just no need for this childish melodrama.

And on a side note, if you’re Tottenham - i.e. a club with a history of losing players to Champions League clubs - how are you not watching this and thinking that this guy might be more trouble than he’s worth.  What happens if he moves to Tottenham, has a good season, and is suddenly the object of interest from higher-up the pyramid?  All Morgan Schneiderlin has really done here is wave a big red flag next to his personality.

Loyalty is dead, fine, but professionalism is still relevant.

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