LES PARRY came up with a novel way of encouraging his players to improve their communication skills in games this week – by giving them the chance to experience being a manager.
Parry explained: “Our players are not the best talkers during games and it is the same in training. So we’ve been looking at a variety of ways to address the problem. This week we put four of the players in charge of four teams as managers. We had half times in the games, just to get them talking.
“We’ll be looking at other methods as well and one possibility is bringing in an external expert in team building and communication.
“A cross-section of footballers is like a cross-section of milkmen or miners in that you will find quiet ones and loud ones.
“It’s just that in football, it is important people talk to each other and we have to do a little bit more work with the quiet ones.”
TRANMERE are out of the FA Cup but they might consider the fourth-round draw has done them a favour. Southampton, their League One opponents next Saturday, would not be human if they did not have one eye on a home tie against Manchester United the following weekend.
St Mary’s will be packed to the rafters and the live TV cameras will be there, as they have been for every FA Cup tie Manchester United have played since 2005.