Johnson Hippolyte handed his Staines Town’s players a public tongue-lashing at Northwood on Tuesday night (February 23) after the club’s latest shocker.
A toe-curling 2-0 surrender against the Evo-Stik Division One Central outfit in the Middlesex Senior Cup semi-final proved too much to bare for Swans new boss who did not so much give the players his wrath with both barrels as unleash every weapon he could lay his hands on during a 10-minute tirade. It was as brutal as it was unexpected. He demanded the players stay out on the pitch and ripped into them in what would normally have been a more humiliating ordeal had more than three people witnessed it.
But the message was clear, Hippolyte means business and will not tolerate slackers having witnessed first hand a pathetic display against lower-league opposition. The fact Swans did not produce a shot on target told the story as they missed out on a clash with Enfield Town in the showpiece final. Pat Cox flashed a header wide and Prince M’Bengui shot past a post – that was it in 90 minutes.
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