Not them. Anyone but them. Please, for the love of god, anyone but them.
Nope, sadly not. Steve Evans and Peterborough United have met the release clause in Alex Woodyard’s contract and the lad, wanting League One football is heading there to talk terms. I wouldn’t imagine it will take too long, They’re a top half League One club and I would predict plenty of charm oozing from the manager.
I will give my honest opinion now, this is the absolute worst move Woodyard could make, bar none. Any other League One club I could live with, but the Peterborough model will not work with Alex, nor will the manager’s tough love stance with his players.
Let’s deal firstly with Posh. I’ve nothing against them per se, but they are something of a ruthless talent factory and you have to impress to keep in favour. Look at Ricky Miller and Joe Ward for instance, both good players signed from lower divisions who have been cast aside when they didn’t make the grade. Got one year left on your deal? Transfer list it is. Some people might call that astute, but it does show that players are commodities at London Road. Is that the culture Alex has been grown in? No, under Danny and Nicky players are individuals with needs and are managed as such.
On to the manager, last week I wrote what I thought was the final chapter in our long running feud only I know about. Apparently not. Something at the back of my mind told me he’d want to get one over the Cowley’, missing out on Freck and the whole Bostwick deal. I’m not even sure he wants Alex for any other reason than to polish and put on his mantelpiece as a reminder that he got one over on the up and coming managers.
Alex Woodyard is a good footballer who must be played in the right position and appreciated for what he does. I can’t see him being given more than a handful of games under the ruthless management of Evans before he’s warming the bench, whether he plays well or not. Look at Lee Angol, scored a few goals but never got a real chance under Evans. Look at Jacob Mellis, a hard-working and cultured midfielder who again, barely got a kick.
My hope for Alex is that this announcement prompts a glut of other clubs to meet his modest release clause and give him options. You know what? Luton would be better, Nathan Jones is another up and coming manager with people skills who builds teams for the future, not for the bank balance.
I wrote earlier how I felt his departure would affect the club, maybe this morning’s news will help your understand why I sat up at 1am writing a blog.
Alex Woodyard to Peterborough. It had to be them, didn’t it? It had to be Evans. That’s football for you, both a tender and loving mistress but also a cruel and wicked one too.