In January 2011, after the footie authorities disbanded the national team after a dismal showing in the 2010 Suzuki Cup, but kept the manager, and promised the start of a rejuvenation process, I wrote “Managing people, the S’pore way”.
Well under the same manager, but with different players, the Lions have lost all six games in the third round of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
So I republish what I wrote then. Let’s hope this time the footie authorities stop their Serbian tua kee and FT loving ways. Pigs would fly first methinks.
Managing people, the S’pore way
In the English, Italian, German and Spanish footie leagues, if a team does badly, the manager gets the sack. The view is that the manager is responsible for managing the players to get them to perform at thier best.
In S’pore, the manager retains his job, the players get the sack, even if the manager has been around for almost a decade.
In Western democracies, the ruling party gets replaced if voters are unhappy.
In S’pore, the ruling party creates GRCS, then super-GRCs, all the time telling the voters they are daft and lazy. And, juz to make sure, imports voters. Reminds me of what Bertold Brecht, a famous playwright and Marxist activist wrote:
After the uprising of the 17th of June
The Secretary of the Writers Union
Had leaflets distributed …
Stating that the people
Had thrown away the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?
He was writing about the East German government after its soldiers had shot some protesters.
At least here, the unhappy voters are not shot, juz ignored, and threatened with a military coup if there is a” freak election result”.
Uniquely S’porean, this method of managing people.