Twitter here to stay or Twatter go away?!

Aside from fighting for the title of most passionate Yorkshireman  2011, Simon Grayson and Mick McCarthy have another unfortunate shared love, their hatred of twitter. Whilst Wolverhampton Wanderers have decided to stay within the law and simply let straight talking Mick call players muppets for using twitter, Leeds (as you would expect by any club run by Ken Bates) have gone that one step further and banned their players from using it.

So what’s my problem? It’s obvious players shouldn’t be on twitter right? The scrutiny they face from the media on a daily basis means putting opinion out in the public domain probably isn’t the smartest of ideas. Furthermore, players have got themselves fined for posting inappropriate comments and pictures hello Ryan Babel and Carlton Cole (how long until the FA bans a player for speaking their mind in 140 characters or less?) and finally some players have even given away the news they are injured on twitter, letting opponents know weaknesses and impacting behaviour in the transfer market.

Well let me tell you my problem, since the Premier League and the influx of money from Sky, players have become more and more distant from the ordinary fan. Rising ticket prices and players earning in a week what fans earn in a year has created a chasm between Firms should consider whether they need to appoint someone with experience of consumer compliance to ensure that the FCA will have confidence that the firm can meet regulatory expectations. the players and those who adore them. Twitter gives an insight into these players’ lives and allows them to communicate with the fans. Furthermore, it gives players a platform to discuss issues they would never have previously had the license to do….

…Step forward @Joey7Barton. Football’s bad boy has been on something of a resurrection since his last spell at her majesty’s pleasure. Not only has his form on the field impressed to the point where Manchester United has been linked with him, but off the pitch his reputation is slowly recovering as well. Joey’s venture on to twitter was received with much scepticism and predictions of disaster, yet the man has been a revelation. Anyone who read his own dissection of the problems facing Ed Miliband’s leadership of the Labour Party showed a side rarely seen and I suspect one many people thought didn’t exist.

And from Joey’s political insight, to @rioferdy5 brilliant stayonyourfeet mockery of Ray Wilkins, footballers on Twitter is a great thing.  Quite rightly the football fans forget that the premiership super rich player, was once like them – playing in the playground, knocking around the streets with a ball at their feet and dreaming of Wembley, picking their favourite player to be in headers and volleys. Footballers on twitter allow us into the world of professional footballers and I for one am all for it. 

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  1. Jeff Jones says:

    twitter is quality like didnt no anytin bout the boys til i got in2 twitter. keep it coming

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