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    Posted: 19 Oct 2017 at 12:32pm
https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/soccer/damien-duff-fed-up-with-pain-in-the-arse-parents-at-rovers-1.3260803

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Damien Duff fed up with ‘pain-in-the-arse parents’ at Rovers

Shamrock Rovers under-15s coach says pushy parents are harming kids development

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Damien Duff says that early morning training sessions have been the best for his Shamrock Rovers under-15s team. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Damien Duff says that early morning training sessions have been the best for his Shamrock Rovers under-15s team. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

 

Damien Duff has found dealing with pushy parents one of his biggest challenges since taking up his first managerial position at Shamrock Rovers.

At his own request, the former Ireland international was assigned the role of managing the club’s first entrants into the new national Under-15 league and the experience so far has been mixed.

He said: “I’ve really loved it and it’s given me something to focus on. There’s lot of work involved from setting up training sessions to dealing with pain-in-the-arse parents.

“A few of the parents have tried getting involved – saying ‘my little Johnny is this or that’ – but I just tell them to piss off. It doesn’t help the kids.”

Duff is also miffed that he’s received flak for introducing early-morning training sessions for his players before they go to school.

“Our best three sessions of the year have been the 6.30am ones. It’s the first time anyone has done it in this country but none of the players want to miss out so it has snowballed.

“Some cavemen in Ireland are giving me stick for getting them out of bed but it’s the best time to learn. I picked it up from my time in Melbourne. They are early risers in Australia.”

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Well I find him a pain in the arse in the telly
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Talk about stating the bleeding obvious.
 
Saw him in action coaching ROI u15s in a trial match, I was analysing the opposition back 4.
 
Pep will not be shaking in his boots.
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He's not certainly not wrong. Says alot of the parents when they're questioning someone like him, imagine the grief the regular joe soap coaches get!!
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Originally posted by Row Z Row Z wrote:

He's not certainly not wrong. Says alot of the parents when they're questioning someone like him, imagine the grief the regular joe soap coaches get!!


Parents are politely asked to shut the f**k up at our club. You even get them at our academy training going mental at little johnny and its under 6's ffs.
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Do most clubs not have a parental form to sign and with that comes a behavior protocol, so that clubs can turn around to the over enthusiastic parents and tell them politely to cop on
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Originally posted by Bob Hoskins Bob Hoskins wrote:

Do most clubs not have a parental form to sign and with that comes a behavior protocol, so that clubs can turn around to the over enthusiastic parents and tell them politely to cop on
FAI Code of Ethics for Parents is what we handed out previously.
 
We have crash barriers (kind you see in O'Connell St. on Paddies Day) positioned five yards from the sideline to keep parents back.
 
Some think they are great and use them for leaning on.
 
Others think they are ornamental and totally ignore them and there's only so many times that you can ask an idiot to move. And BTW the mothers are worse than the fathers. 
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