And your evidence that the club did not discuss Franklin's leadership aspirations with him is...?My point was he should have been offered. Its called respect.
You have the right. It doesn't mean you are right.My point is that captain committees (an absurd non-sequitur outside of trendy management speak) are symptomatic of a bigger problem If the purpose of a group captaincy is to improve the relationship between the players then the solution is with the coach.
It cant be an on field direction problem as we had a captain of wonderful leadership pedigree, a pointing half back flank general of Erich von Manstein capability according to some here and a runner FFS. And the most inspirational footballer to play in a generation to lift the kids off his own boot. How much direction do these players need? The fact is Longmire is a micro manager directional coach. The little p###k that coaches Hawthorn summed it up tersely when he explained to the cowered media the difference between a systems coach and a directions coach. Systems coaches allow the players to innovate within an expansive game plan. Direction coaches try to micro manage on the field within a restrictive game plan.
My conclusion is Longmire is inadequate either by personality or will in communicating effectively with a young group of players.
My killer point is that Longmire should go as early as can be decently and contractually arranged if he cant adequately and effectively communicate with his players that the club has recruited. Great or even good coaches don't need interlocutors in the dressing sheds.
For the ostrich faction I make no apologies for another Longmire critique. He's on 800,000 a year and I am on the pension, following the club for the last heart breaking and exhilarating 68 years. I have a right.
How much direction do the players need? The game has changed. The era of Tommy Hafey-style "just kick it long up the guts" football is long gone. The game gets more tactical each year and there is increasing amounts of analysis and planning that goes in to the preparation for a match.
The role of a captain is varied (as an earlier post I made pointed out). You have latched on to one of those roles, being a conduit between the coach and playing group, and for some reason have now apparently made this the key purpose of the role. Why? I have no idea. Well, I have one idea, and that is because you don't like Longmire and it allows you to shoehorn that in to this discussion.
To argue that Longmire is a directional rather than a systems coach is frankly ridiculous. I mean, I spent the whole of this season listening to how he was too rigid about his systems and wasn't willing or able to make changes through the game... It is clear that he coaches this team to a very specific system. The idea that "systems coaches allow players to innovate within an expansive game plan" reflects a total misunderstanding of what systems mean in modern football. There is nothing necessarily expansive about a system and they are much more defined by their restrictions on player decision making (that is, players have very specific roles and being encourage to make specific decisions in specific situations) than by their latitude for individual brilliance. Just because you don't like the system, or indeed just because the systems weren't consistently played well this season, doesn't mean that Longmire is not a system coach.
It is possible that you are right, that Longmire isn't the person to take this group forward to the next level. But none of the reasons you present for holding that belief justify it.