David Flatman Column: If football kicks out every manager like Mackay, there won’t be many left

first_img Malky Mackay This column appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad App from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on twitter @sportmagukImagine someone knocking on your door, barging in and taking away your phone. No time for censoring. Then, imagine a nerd in a dark room raking through it as he listens to thrash metal and twiddles his unwashed hair.For the vast majority of us, it would be torturous. Ask yourself: are you confident there is not one thing on an email, text or old internet search that might offend? There is on mine.Of course, I refer to Malky Mackay, who has been found to have sent some indisputably awful messages. However you look at it, some of his chat was vile.The world of team sport is one full of humour, confrontation, aggression, politics, loyalty, honesty and honour.But allow me to confirm: at least half the jokes that go on in a rugby changing room are unprintable. The themes and language involved would land on news desks across the country like an atom bomb at a barbecue.Don’t imagine, please, muggy rooms full of racist, sexist animals tearing into one another. But do imagine a dynamic where very little is off limits. If you’re white, fat, black, religious, bald, Irish, Welsh, English, Australian – whatever, you’ll get it. Vegetarians keep very quiet.My point isn’t that Mackay’s language and insinuations were acceptable; they were coarse and indicative of a socially uneducated, ignorant mind. But I don’t think this should be the end of his career.If he is to be booted out of football, those doing the booting must have never sent a message that might have offended had it been printed. Do those people exist? I’m not sure I know any.Also, if we remove all football managers who lack the social intelligence to avoid using such language then, much as I love the game, there won’t be many left. 1last_img