Cricket great Simon O’Donnell tells Justin Langer to SHUT UP after ex-coach slammed Pat Cummins
Australian cricket great Simon O’Donnell tells Justin Langer to SHUT UP about his scandalous departure from the team after the former manager criticized Pat Cummins and the ‘cowards’ who forced him out.
- Simon O’Donnell has asked Justin Langer to keep his complaints to himself
- The former Australian cricket manager took out his frustration in an explosive podcast
- O’Donnell fears the feisty Langer is about to tarnish his legacy
- Langer felt that Pat Cummins and his “wimpy” teammates forced him out of the role.
Australian cricket great Simon O’Donnell thinks Justin Langer needs to be more dignified after criticizing captain Pat Cummins and other ‘cowards’ who forced him out of the role.
Speaking at SEN Breakfast on Thursday, O’Donnell said Langer’s legacy will be tarnished in the sport if the former leadoff hitter continues to go public with his grievances.
In February, Langer announced his resignation as head coach of the Australian men’s team.
His contract was due to expire in June, but he turned down a six-month extension offered by Cricket Australia.
‘Unfortunately, the [Langer] he hasn’t gone into the sunset, said goodbye and enjoyed all that he’s accomplished,’ O’Donnell told listeners on Thursday.
Australian cricket great Simon O’Donnell thinks Justin Langer must be much more dignified after criticizing patron Pat Cummins and other ‘cowards’ who forced him out of head coaching.
Langer didn’t mince words on former AFL player Will Schofield’s Backchat podcast
That’s the ugly side of this. You have to be very careful not to lose the room.
‘At the end of the day, the game is bigger than the individual.
“I wish it would stop and if you need to do something about it, I think you need to go through other channels instead of just getting carried away with podcasts or news services.”
O’Donnell later added: ‘You can’t carry these grudges forever. You have to move on and it’s taking a while to move on.
“I love Justin Langer, I love what he did for Australian cricket, but Justin wasn’t sacked. Justin was offered a six month extension to his contract which he did not agree to.
Cummins (pictured with teammate Becky Boston) reportedly told Langer that comments from disgruntled players were going to be “brutally honest.”
Langer called Cummins and other members of the Australian team ‘cowardly’ about former AFL player Will Schofield. Conversation podcast.
He spoke of his controversial departure as Australia manager and how it fell apart before his eyes.
I spoke with Pat Cummins. He told me about five times, ‘This could be brutally honest,'” Langer said.
“I told him, ‘Pat, there’s nothing brutal about your comments.’ What is brutal is that I hear it behind my back through the media or through ‘sources’.
Nobody tells me. Tell me. “People say I’m very intense, but they confuse intensity with honesty.”
Justin Langer stepped down as Australia manager in February this year after only being offered a short-term extension by Cricket Australia, with most players saying his coaching style was “too intense”.
Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley strongly disputes Langer’s version of events, saying there are a “number of inaccuracies”.
Langer wasn’t done yet, adding: “I’ve never said this publicly, the hardest thing for me was the feedback,” he said.
“Then I did something about it, we won the T20 World Cup, we won the Ashes, we were No. 1 in the world, I never enjoyed training more and still got fired.”
That is the hardest.
It is suggested that Langer work for Channel 7 this summer as part of their cricket coverage for series against the West Indies and South Africa.
Australia’s Test stars have been told they will not have to chat with their former manager.