Opinion is the spice of life they say, I’m a firm believer in this phrase but there are exceptions to every rule and quite frankly Garry Schofield’s scathing attack on Marc Sneyd for Radio Yorkshire was just that.
There are ways and means in which to express yourself in a direct and communicative manner but ‘Schoey’ simply appears to display an air of arrogance and ignorance in his interview. It’s not the first time in which Garry has had a swipe at his former team. Given his acrimonious departure at the time, the outspoken pundit has gradually rebuilt bridges with his first club and to see this latest swipe is disappointing if not a tad predictable. That’s not to say there isn’t some merit in what he says, after-all Sneyd probably needs to take a stranglehold on games more consistently. Nonetheless, let’s add a little much needed context to the debate. The season is in its infancy as we head into Round 3; Sneyd has played just one game with his half-back counterpart: Albert Kelly and the games he has played in have been played in torrid conditions. Go back a little further still, Marc’s intelligent kicking game basically assisted in a famous Challenge Cup win (amongst others). That’s it Schoey, Sneydy has in fact already won a trophy with the Black & Whites!
You would actually think Garry would be able to offer a little bit more of a sympathetic stance on the subject. Afterall, this is a man who was an ex-professional himself. He will have been through a periods of great difficulty in his career and bouts of listless form. Pearls of wisdom from a league legend to a current pro would have been far more endearing and some positive publicity to boot. Given Hull’s less than dynamic start to 2017, Lee Radford will all be too aware of what needs to be improved on in the FC camp. The team aspect is vital to this and in fact it is quite lazy journalism from our good friend Schoey to single out just one player. There’s no doubting that Sneyd’s role is a pivotal one but constructive criticism and guidance is the ideal direction to take, Schofield’s tirade of abuse certainly doesn’t help the player, nor Radford and certainly only aggravates fans.
Perhaps I’ve hit the proverbial nail on the head; has Schofield played his pantomime villain card with all the intention of causing uproar? I sense this is probably the case given his previous form but as far as I’m concerned it gives him no credibility whatsoever. Lee Radford was quick to challenge the former Great Britain player to a passing drill with Sneydy. I’d love to see it happen, just to prove how out of touch he’s potentially become with the game. Opinions are a wonderful part of sport but if you’re going to put one forward, make sure you’ve done your homework plus try and do it in a measured manner.
If Marc Sneyd didn’t have enough incentive to put in a stellar performance tonight, then Schofield’s latest bout of verbal diarrhea can only have encouraged it. You can bet he’ll be determined to prove his new-found critic wrong and a proverbial custard pie to the face would be the ultimate response from Hull’s kicking king.