‘Twitter ye not’ could be refrain for York City boss

Gary Mills

Gary Mills

First published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

York City manager Gary Mills is ready to clamp down on his players’ use of Twitter.

The social networking website is becoming prominent in the football world with Joey Barton recently employing it as a tool to express his unhappiness at Newcastle United and Leeds United boss Simon Grayson even imposing a Twitter ban on his players for making comments he deemed inappropriate.

Twitter has become a popular method for supporters to gain up-to-date information directly from their favourite professionals by becoming “followers” of the players in question.

Photographs can also be posted for public consumption on the site and Matty Blair, Ashley Chambers, Michael Ingham, Scott Kerr, David McGurk, Adriano Moké and Jamie Reed are among the City players who currently boast Twitter accounts.

That could soon change, however, with Mills uncomfortable with the thought of his players providing regular on-line “tweets” of their views and opinions.

Outlining his stance on Twitter ahead of this afternoon’s Blue Square Bet Premier curtain raiser at Ebbsfleet, the City boss said: “I think it’s dangerous and I don’t like it and that’s not just because I don’t understand it or know how to get on it.

“Some people aren’t the brightest and can say things they shouldn’t which can cause unrest around your work place.

“It can be upsetting for a lot of people and why say things that are only important to me and my team?

“If anybody comes out with anything they shouldn’t that goes out to the public or anybody else, then I’m not having it.”

But Mills is taking a less hardline attitude towards the disruption caused to his preparations by players being called up for international duty.

Lanre Oyebanjo and Patrick McLaughlin were both absent from training this week as they represented the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland respectively at under-21 level.

Midfielder Andre Boucaud, meanwhile, missed out in a full international cap when Trinidad and Tobago’s friendly in Haiti was called off but he is expected to be called up again for next month’s World Cup qualifiers against Bermuda and Barbados.

Mills said: “It’s not an ideal situation because you want players with you all the time to work on things. If you want to talk about something, you want everybody there to listen.

“You hear Premier League managers moaning about it a lot but not many at this level. We have three international players though and, without meaning any disrespect, these are not England ‘C’ call-ups, which every Tom, Dick and Harry seems to get.

“We’re talking about playing full internationals and under-21 games. I think if we have all three missing then we can call games off but it might be that, when they go away, we’ve got to be good enough to make sure it does not affect the team.”

On Boucaud, Mills added: “Andre has been called up again for Trinidad in September and looks like he will miss two games for us. That’s the downside but he deserves the recognition. He’s a full international at York City and I hope he does well. But if he does end up going, somebody else will get the shirt and he might not get it back again – that’s how it works.

“I’m not going to be a negative manager who stands in the way of players representing their country. I’m delighted for him.”

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12:17pm Sat 13 Aug 11

GetCarlos says...

@GaryMills let the #ycfc players keep in touch with the #fans. Good #banter is what has given @DavidMcGurk5, @Jamie7Reed and @ingdog24 such a PMA and if they need to do it on #twitter let it be!
@GaryMills let the #ycfc players keep in touch with the #fans. Good #banter is what has given @DavidMcGurk5, @Jamie7Reed and @ingdog24 such a PMA and if they need to do it on #twitter let it be! GetCarlos
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1:36pm Sat 13 Aug 11

RingRoadGooseParty says...

look at the twitter section on the press's york city page.... look at all the great comments.... its brought together an amazing spirit and sharing....

and we feel closer to the players... thats important..

and if any players have a bad spell, they'll realise what great support they have from the York fans, because they'll receive encouragement on there.

I guess the main thing from Mills's point of view is they don't say anything which breaks club confidentiality or is insulting etc... I can understand that side of things.... but it's bringing fans a lot closer, and in my opinions, the direct contact with the players and all the sharing is gonna bring new people to the games and increase attendances.
look at the twitter section on the press's york city page.... look at all the great comments.... its brought together an amazing spirit and sharing.... and we feel closer to the players... thats important.. and if any players have a bad spell, they'll realise what great support they have from the York fans, because they'll receive encouragement on there. I guess the main thing from Mills's point of view is they don't say anything which breaks club confidentiality or is insulting etc... I can understand that side of things.... but it's bringing fans a lot closer, and in my opinions, the direct contact with the players and all the sharing is gonna bring new people to the games and increase attendances. RingRoadGooseParty
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4:11pm Sat 13 Aug 11

Even AndyD says...

Entertainment industry at the end of the day. If fans enjoy seeing these 'insider' moments and communicating with their heroes - then I say it should stay. Its not top level government here, its football! Nobody is going to die if Michael Ingham tweets that he likes ketchup over brown sauce (or whatever)!
Entertainment industry at the end of the day. If fans enjoy seeing these 'insider' moments and communicating with their heroes - then I say it should stay. Its not top level government here, its football! Nobody is going to die if Michael Ingham tweets that he likes ketchup over brown sauce (or whatever)! Even AndyD
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6:56pm Sat 13 Aug 11

johnbyrneshair says...

Remember the McDermott facebook incident? Not the sharpest tool in the box. Fantastic win today though. Great spirit. Interesting to see Reed on the bench.
Remember the McDermott facebook incident? Not the sharpest tool in the box. Fantastic win today though. Great spirit. Interesting to see Reed on the bench. johnbyrneshair
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8:51pm Sat 13 Aug 11

Phil, Leeds says...

It's up to Gary Mills to set the rules, whatever he says goes.

Great start to the season, we have a really good set of players this time I'm sure. Same old problem with the refereeing though, didn't sound good and that's going to be one of the most frustrating things as we go through the season.
It's up to Gary Mills to set the rules, whatever he says goes. Great start to the season, we have a really good set of players this time I'm sure. Same old problem with the refereeing though, didn't sound good and that's going to be one of the most frustrating things as we go through the season. Phil, Leeds
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9:17am Sun 14 Aug 11

Yorkie4ever says...

Of course there is negatively going to be a downside to players have twitter but I'm sure they know the boundaries of what can be said and not, if not Mills will tell them. York players having twitter has been quality for us fans because it's given us as a chance to interact with our players!
Of course there is negatively going to be a downside to players have twitter but I'm sure they know the boundaries of what can be said and not, if not Mills will tell them. York players having twitter has been quality for us fans because it's given us as a chance to interact with our players! Yorkie4ever
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11:40am Sun 14 Aug 11

coolyman4 says...

I can see both points of views. I've loved having abit banter with players and finding out how they feeling about games (I'm ycfcfan on twitter). But everything is good while we are doing well. What happens if we start doing badly, fans start abusing the players on twitter which could shatter confidence and also put distance between the players and supporters if its all negative. I know I wouldn't be like that but there's always the idiots out there like Welbeck.
I can see both points of views. I've loved having abit banter with players and finding out how they feeling about games (I'm ycfcfan on twitter). But everything is good while we are doing well. What happens if we start doing badly, fans start abusing the players on twitter which could shatter confidence and also put distance between the players and supporters if its all negative. I know I wouldn't be like that but there's always the idiots out there like Welbeck. coolyman4
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12:00pm Sun 14 Aug 11

alimount says...

Just watched the highlights on http://www.myfctv.co
m/
A great 20 minutes of highlights.
Blair should've scored when clean through, the goal that wasn't touched the net, never a sending off but he didn't get any of the ball, their goal was a foul which would normally be given everytime for something half as bad, great penalty to rub salt into Luton's wounds and a rubbish defending that we for once punished for the winner. Happy days!
Just watched the highlights on http://www.myfctv.co m/ A great 20 minutes of highlights. Blair should've scored when clean through, the goal that wasn't touched the net, never a sending off but he didn't get any of the ball, their goal was a foul which would normally be given everytime for something half as bad, great penalty to rub salt into Luton's wounds and a rubbish defending that we for once punished for the winner. Happy days! alimount
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12:06pm Sun 14 Aug 11

richardofyork says...

Garry Mills should just tell the players to be sensible and not to post anything on twitter that is to outrageous or controversial. What a good win yesterday. A great start! Well done.
Garry Mills should just tell the players to be sensible and not to post anything on twitter that is to outrageous or controversial. What a good win yesterday. A great start! Well done. richardofyork
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12:29pm Sun 14 Aug 11

huntingtonagitator says...

Excellent win! A tricky match to say the least, but we dominated in the second half and thoroughly deserved the win after what was an outrageous decision for their goal. This City team have shown that they are capable mentally of never giving up, which Millsy has been instilling into the side since the word go. Roll on Tuesday now. Pass word 'such-rest,' think the players deserve that today.
Excellent win! A tricky match to say the least, but we dominated in the second half and thoroughly deserved the win after what was an outrageous decision for their goal. This City team have shown that they are capable mentally of never giving up, which Millsy has been instilling into the side since the word go. Roll on Tuesday now. Pass word 'such-rest,' think the players deserve that today. huntingtonagitator
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12:32pm Sun 14 Aug 11

yorkielass says...

I thought a FB post from Tilly re David M was beyond what I want to see on my wall, but other than that all players are quite circumspect in what they say, and so far on both FB and Twitter the good far outweighs anything else. The players encourage one another, the fans encourage the players, the players encourage the fans. Win win situation. And should anyone post anything derogatory, there would be a dozen to the player's rescue I am sure. So please maintain the status quo Gary. And how great to get such justice in yesterday's result. This is the year - get down there and do some cheering on Tuesday!!
I thought a FB post from Tilly re David M was beyond what I want to see on my wall, but other than that all players are quite circumspect in what they say, and so far on both FB and Twitter the good far outweighs anything else. The players encourage one another, the fans encourage the players, the players encourage the fans. Win win situation. And should anyone post anything derogatory, there would be a dozen to the player's rescue I am sure. So please maintain the status quo Gary. And how great to get such justice in yesterday's result. This is the year - get down there and do some cheering on Tuesday!! yorkielass
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1:13pm Sun 14 Aug 11

tommycockles says...

Thanks for the link alimount. Good stuff!
Thanks for the link alimount. Good stuff! tommycockles
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1:34pm Sun 14 Aug 11

duffy says...

I think we should all offer condolences to a certain poster after the win and two goals by our striker. He will be suffering today.
I think we should all offer condolences to a certain poster after the win and two goals by our striker. He will be suffering today. duffy
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2:02pm Sun 14 Aug 11

rogue84 says...

great highlights from ebbsfleet, well put together and quickly online. Walker looks very dangerous, lets prey he stays fully fit!
great highlights from ebbsfleet, well put together and quickly online. Walker looks very dangerous, lets prey he stays fully fit! rogue84
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2:45pm Sun 14 Aug 11

redwhiteblue says...

Blair - should have scored - Smith should have headed across the goal - poor first half. Second half excellent performance, Walker 'class' - held the ball up well, good lay-offs - two goals - three points away from home what more can we ask.
Still concerned about Smith - poor first half - better second half.
Blair - should have scored - Smith should have headed across the goal - poor first half. Second half excellent performance, Walker 'class' - held the ball up well, good lay-offs - two goals - three points away from home what more can we ask. Still concerned about Smith - poor first half - better second half. redwhiteblue
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4:16pm Sun 14 Aug 11

OLD - HEAD says...

alimount wrote:
Just watched the highlights on http://www.myfctv.co m/ A great 20 minutes of highlights. Blair should've scored when clean through, the goal that wasn't touched the net, never a sending off but he didn't get any of the ball, their goal was a foul which would normally be given everytime for something half as bad, great penalty to rub salt into Luton's wounds and a rubbish defending that we for once punished for the winner. Happy days!
Thanks for this info, I enjoyed watching the highlights. For once I have to admit that Barry Parker was dead right when he said "The Ebbsfleet goal should not have been allowed" - For it was an amazing decision by the match officials. I am also amazed how Boucauds effort was deemed to have not crossed the line, when it clearly looked to have done. Coupled with McGurk getting booked for winning the ball, it was the usual pathetic display from the match officials. But we must not grumble for a win is a win isnt it?.
[quote][p][bold]alimount[/bold] wrote: Just watched the highlights on http://www.myfctv.co m/ A great 20 minutes of highlights. Blair should've scored when clean through, the goal that wasn't touched the net, never a sending off but he didn't get any of the ball, their goal was a foul which would normally be given everytime for something half as bad, great penalty to rub salt into Luton's wounds and a rubbish defending that we for once punished for the winner. Happy days![/p][/quote]Thanks for this info, I enjoyed watching the highlights. For once I have to admit that Barry Parker was dead right when he said "The Ebbsfleet goal should not have been allowed" - For it was an amazing decision by the match officials. I am also amazed how Boucauds effort was deemed to have not crossed the line, when it clearly looked to have done. Coupled with McGurk getting booked for winning the ball, it was the usual pathetic display from the match officials. But we must not grumble for a win is a win isnt it?. OLD - HEAD
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9:17am Mon 15 Aug 11

RooBeck says...

I think that the manager has to allow these to continue, as they are certainly a very good link between players and their supporters. In these social networking times, people like to know some of the ins and outs of professional sport and this has got to be a positive way of keeping involved in a slightly light-hearted way! Where it would be wrong is if it is abused by the players and other staff, in a manner that places the club in a compromising, un-professional light and undermines the managers role. Joey Barton is not a good example over it's use because he has for too often been a negative force in professional football and after his "wind-up" antics during the Arsenal game on Saturday, is still depressingly predictable in his attitude towards his fellow professionals. So, GM needs to place down some markers on it's use as it relates to YCFC but it should continue and be seen as a re-assuring, positive link between the players and all connected at the club!! PS Great win on Saturday - I went for 2-0 to City and lost my bet, but it sounds as if Barry Parker and Chris Jones could not believe the decision given by two of the match officials in awarding Ebbsfleet their goal but I think it worked as a spur for us to grab the game and get the win!! Just hope that the officials in the BSBP this season, are an improvement on some we have seen in previous seasons. The FA obviously use the league as a "tester" for their officials wishing to get on to the Football League list and unfortunately some are nowhere near good enough but by the time they find that out, there have been too many costly mistakes to the detriment of sides like ours! Let's hope this can be improved upon this season and we get more tried and trusted officials, particularly the men in the middle!
I think that the manager has to allow these to continue, as they are certainly a very good link between players and their supporters. In these social networking times, people like to know some of the ins and outs of professional sport and this has got to be a positive way of keeping involved in a slightly light-hearted way! Where it would be wrong is if it is abused by the players and other staff, in a manner that places the club in a compromising, un-professional light and undermines the managers role. Joey Barton is not a good example over it's use because he has for too often been a negative force in professional football and after his "wind-up" antics during the Arsenal game on Saturday, is still depressingly predictable in his attitude towards his fellow professionals. So, GM needs to place down some markers on it's use as it relates to YCFC but it should continue and be seen as a re-assuring, positive link between the players and all connected at the club!! PS Great win on Saturday - I went for 2-0 to City and lost my bet, but it sounds as if Barry Parker and Chris Jones could not believe the decision given by two of the match officials in awarding Ebbsfleet their goal but I think it worked as a spur for us to grab the game and get the win!! Just hope that the officials in the BSBP this season, are an improvement on some we have seen in previous seasons. The FA obviously use the league as a "tester" for their officials wishing to get on to the Football League list and unfortunately some are nowhere near good enough but by the time they find that out, there have been too many costly mistakes to the detriment of sides like ours! Let's hope this can be improved upon this season and we get more tried and trusted officials, particularly the men in the middle! RooBeck
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12:57pm Mon 15 Aug 11

goreds says...

Mr. Mills is right to discourage twitter -
It seems to be used more to ridicule players rather than hero worship -(or is this facebook ?)
Anyway my objecton is 'cos I don't know how it works so it must be a bad thing.
Its the work of the devil - moving pictures in a box - its witchcraft !
To the windmill !!
Mr. Mills is right to discourage twitter - It seems to be used more to ridicule players rather than hero worship -(or is this facebook ?) Anyway my objecton is 'cos I don't know how it works so it must be a bad thing. Its the work of the devil - moving pictures in a box - its witchcraft ! To the windmill !! goreds
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