Ben Garner post mortem
Ben Garner strikes me as a reasonably smart bloke, he always carried an honest opinion post games, which was refreshing, but in recent weeks and even months the narrative had become a lot more barbed.
In front of the owner on Saturday he pretty much wrote his suicide note by playing a team and formation that issued a ‘what else am I meant to do’ plea.
His media comments after the game around culture and transfer window necessities sharply pointed a finger at Thomas Sandgaard’s management technique, the futile goal to break-even and overtly criticized his ownership of the club. Add this to the tidbit that Garner was not getting along with Martin Sandgaard, who like his Mother is widely influential at the club, then it didn’t even need bringing on Jake Forster-Caskey in the 91st minute to get him fired.
One assumes Ben will get a pay-off, as well as Scott Marshall and although Garner’s record of just 10 League One wins in 40 games for the Addicks and Bristol Rovers plus a failed play-off attempt to get out of League Two at Swindon, his stock is still pretty decent at least from a coaching and man-management potential.
Someone, and I hope they do because I’d be interested in what lies ahead for him, will no doubt take a chance on Garner in the future.
I assume we won’t hear from Garner publicly again, which is a shame because I am sure he can add content to a book in waiting of what it’s like working for the egotistical guitar wielding Dane turned American, who allegedly loves to fire at will.
Lee Bowyer, Nigel Adkins, Johnnie Jackson, Chris Parkes, Ged Roddy, Brian Jokat, Wayne Mumford, Olly Groome, Nathan Chapman, Dan Burke, Alastair Thrush, Danny Murphy and others can each add a chapter or two.
Ben Garner was appointed by Thomas Sandgaard to rebuild the club over a three-year period. He was fired within 6 months as he wasn’t given the tools to succeed. Whether the job was too big for Garner is irrelevant, the problems run deeper, and start with the owner and his family.