On Wednesday, former Australia coach Justin Langer lashed out at the unnamed “cowards” who leaked against him in the lead-up to his resignation, while also admitting that he should have cultivated a better relationship with the sport’s governing body. Justin Langer was coaching Australia at the time of his departure.
The 52-year-old man resigned from his position in February after he was unable to earn the public support of key players and after contentious contract negotiations with Cricket Australia.
Even though he led Australia to a 4-0 triumph over England in the Ashes in 2021 and then to glory in the Twenty20 World Cup the same year, the only extension that was granted to him was for six months. This made him very upset.
During the time leading up to his departure, dissatisfied players vented their frustrations anonymously to the Australian media about his severe and “headmaster-like” teaching approach. This is something that he continues to take exception to.
“Everyone was being polite to my face but I was reading about this stuff, and half of it… I could not believe that is what was making the papers,” he said in an interview with Code Sports. “I could not believe that is what was making the papers.”
“A significant number of journalists make use of the word’source.'” In my opinion, you should replace that word with “coward.” Not a reliable source, but a coward says.
Because, what exactly do you mean when you say, ‘a source says?’ They either have a bone to pick with someone and they won’t admit it to your face because they have a grudge against that person, or they are just leaking information for their own purposes.
When Langer took the post in 2018, Australian cricket was at its lowest ebb in decades as a result of a cheating scandal. He is credited for restoring pride in the much-loved baggy green cap, which is a symbol of Australian cricket.
Around the same time, though, rumblings regarding his tendency for micromanagement started to make their way to the surface.
Justin Langer argued that he had heard and changed his methods, but was nevertheless dismissed from his position as a commentator for television broadcasts during the Australian Test summer, which will begin the following week against the West Indies.
“I got the input, and I did something about it,” he continued, “and that was the most difficult thing for me of anything that happened.”
“We triumphed in both the Twenty20 World Cup and the Ashes. We topped the charts everywhere in the world. Even though I was having more fun coaching than ever before, I was let go. That is the most difficult part.”
According to Langer, his biggest mistake was failing to cultivate relationships with members of the Cricket Australia board.
I had conversations with the Cricket Australia board on three separate occasions over the course of four years. That’s completely insane. And it is the one and only thing I would change about it,” he remarked.
“Because there is no location in the world that is more lonely than when you are aware that people do not have your back.
There is no more powerful position in the world than the one in which you are aware that others have your back. And with regard to that particular aspect, I would have handled it differently.”