It appears that the England football team need a lesson in PR after their abysmal exit from the world cup at the hands of the Germans on Sunday.
The pictures in Wednesday’s newspapers of England’s football team drinking and smoking cigars at an aftermatch get together gave the newspapers and the baying English public all the ammunition they needed to issue them a good kicking for their pathetic showing.
It was a massive PR blunder that is almost as stupid as the teams embarrassing performances on the field. The fact that the picture was apparently taken and then published by an England player shows just how little the players appear to grasp the situation.
They had completely misjudged the public mood, either that or they didn’t give a damn. It was a spectacular own goal.
Personally I haven’t got a problem with it as long as it dosen’t go too far, they are entitled to unwind no matter how bad they did. But keep a lid on it, and also don’t broadcast it.
I am not naive enough to believe that it hasn’t happened before just because it wasn’t highlighted by the newspapers. I also understand that it’s not just the footballers, I’m sure the England rugby team, and the England cricket team have all done the same at various times.
The footballers PR gaffes are in stark contrast to when an England cricket team went to West Indies to play in the ill fated Stanford Super Series in 2008.
Before they set off, the then England captain Kevin Pietersen made it clear that he wouldn’t tolerate any of his players lording it up if they won the $1M showdown.
He said it would be insensitive at a time when people back in the UK were losing jobs in the middle of a recession. In my view Kevin Pietersen was never given the recognition he deserved at the time for this gesture.
I remember at the time thinking it was a remarkable show of humility and it showed common sense, and that the cricketers haven’t lost touch with the public and reality in the way the footballers seem to have.
There was though, one similarity between the two sets of players. And that is that they both came back with their tails between their legs after a hell of a good thrashing.