Ultimate Competitive Dad? Under-10s Football Coach Given Boot For Win-At-All Costs Email

14/08/2014 16:56 | Updated 22 May 2015

Just Win Baby

An under-10s football coach has been given the boot after parents complained about his 'win-at-all-costs' philosophy.

Dad Justin Byrne said anyone who didn't agree was 'weak-minded' and 'think sport is about knitting'. And he added he was 'only interested in winning'.

The 42-year-old volunteer had coached Chalfont St Peter's Football Club's under-10s in Buckinghamshire for two years and had inspired them to success.

But he wanted more, so in an email to parents, he wrote: "I am only interested in winning. I don't care about equal play time or any other communist view of sport.

"Those that are not as good need to work harder or demonstrate more during training, or change sports."

He added: "You are not doing your son any favours by suggesting the world is fair or non-competitive.

"Everything they are likely to do in life will be competitive so my view is get them used to it."

But he confessed that he would pick his own son, regardless of his ability, because: "The only reason I am coaching is for him to be able to play."

Four days later, despite his team's success on the pitch, he was fired.

Mr Byrne is considering taking legal action against the club, but said of his email: "I didn't say it in the most PC of ways. I call a spade a spade and everyone knows I don't like to dress things up.

"That's just me. The fact is that we have got a weaker-minded group of individuals who think sport is about knitting."

A club spokesman said Mr Byrne had been sacked after complaints from parents about his email, which went against the club's ethos.

He said: "This is a friendly village football club that just wants to get as many children playing football as possible, and make sure they have fun doing it.

"Everyone enjoys winning, but not at the expense of leaving kids disappointed, upset and disillusioned with sport."


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