And you're (sic) opinion of why he's saying it, is just an opinion.
yeah - it is an opinion - I thought this forum was about sharing opinions. you shared yours - that Coyle is a hypocrite - I shared mine, that he's not...
the day when the only posts allowed on here must be tagged FACT
will be a sad day...Coyle (given his own comments in the past and given he keeps dropping him) can't come on and say Knight is an awesome player pushing for England selection - so he does the next best thing - and slagging Shearer will be seen by Knight as some kind of defense/support. It's really not that difficult.
He could easily have said "I know Alan has to give an opinion, but Zat is an honest lad who gives his all for the club and yes like everyone makes mistakes, but he has my full backing and he'll make an important contribution to the group for the remanining games".
That would be backing the player without having to spin a long tale.
As it was he just told the world that it was wrong for a pundit to have an opinion about a specific player.
And my opinion is that managers should always back their players in public and never criticise individuals, thats for behind closed doors. Coyle has chosen to do that several times, which for me is always a bad sign, but as you say he knows the players best, so I'll leave that alone. My bigger issue is that he's critical of a pundit for doing the same, and I just find that hypocritical when he's named and shamed players for individual mistakes himself this season.