Date:Monday January 9 2006
Paul Ince made his long awaited full comeback to a Wolves side on Saturday, just in time to offer a few words of advice to youngster not having the best of seasons so far.
Leon Clarke has been the butt of some intense barracking from the fans this season, and accusations of off field adventures, strenuously denied by both player and employer. And while celebrating scoring his sides winner at the weekend, Clarke raised the Mourhino finger to his lips in front of the crowd. He really should have known better. Certain sections saw that as an invitation to intensify the matter, booing his every touch thereafter, an obvious consequence that wasnt lost on The Guvnor
'I've told Leon that is not the thing to do and he accepts it. I know he is frustrated after the things that were said about him, but the only way to shut people up is to put the ball in the back of the net. That's the answer, you don't need the antics afterwards. ' he told The Mirror.
Peacemaker isn't usually a word associated with Ince, but with events threatening to draw real divisions between a player and the fans he made a request to anyone still feeling angered by Leon Clarkes gesture.
'All I ask is that the fans stick with him, because we all make mistakes.'
'The last thing we want is the fans booing players. That is not going to get us promoted and it won't get us into the next round of the FA Cup either.
"I'd just ask the fans to stick with him, the goal has given him a lot of confidence and hopefully he'll be able to push on from here."
"We have another game on Friday and the last thing we need is for fans to boo one of the centre forwards, that's not good for the player or the team."
"Leon knows he should have done better this season, and there are other things that have been said and done, but let's try to move on." he added'
When The Guvnor speaks, people usually listen, and now would be a good time to draw a line under any lingering niggles. A string of good results could quite easily see Wolves start to claw their way back up The Championship table. But booing players has never, nor will ever be the best way of helping to achieve that. If anyone can prove different I'd be happy to listen, but as an inducement to perform better, booing ranks pretty poorly. Hopefully the lessons learned all round are valuable ones.The team can now rally round Leon. Leon can go on a goal streak and earn the fans respect, and Wolves can get promoted. It's not too much to ask for, is it?
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