Justin Langer, the former Australian cricketer and head coach, eventually resigned from his position earlier this year in February. However, ever since the former cricketer resigned from his position, there were claims that the former captain Aaron Finch and Pat Cummins were not happy with his method of coaching.
Langer, who opened up on the same, said that he was shocked to hear such news and added that the media outlets should name those who expressed unhappiness directly, instead of naming them as a ‘source’. Further, the former Australia head coach said that it hurt him as players were nice to his face.
“Everyone was being nice to my face but I was reading about this stuff, and half of it … I could not believe that is what was making the papers. A lot of journalists use the word ‘source’. I would say, change that word to ‘coward’. A coward says, not a source,” Langer was quoted as saying.
I got feedback, I worked on it: Justin Langer
Further, Langer said that he used to get feedback from players and eventually work on his method of coaching, to make things better for the Australian cricket team. Saying that he felt lonely and powerless upon getting to know that he was not backed even after winning the 20-20 World Cup, Langer claimed that he had several rounds of talks with Cricket Australia (CA).
“Because what do you mean ‘a source says’? They’ve either got an axe to grind with someone and they won’t come and say it to your face, or they’re just leaking stuff for their own agenda. The hardest thing for me of all of it was: I got the feedback (and) I did something about it,” Langer was quoted as saying.
“We won the 20-20 World Cup, we won the Ashes. We were number one in the world. I’ve never enjoyed coaching more and I’ve still got sacked. That’s the hardest thing. I talked to the Cricket Australia board three times in four years. That’s craziness,” said the former cricketer further.
“Because when you know people haven’t got your back, there is no lonelier place in the world. When you do know people have got your back, there’s no more powerful place in the world. And that’s what I would have done differently,” he added.