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BRIAN READE: Managers must communicate without turning into paranoid, macho bullies

Date Posted,April 4, 2017

Ten years ago this month, a revolutionary event happened in English football which led to apoplexy amongst certain males.

A woman reporter was allowed to describe into a Match Of The Day microphone what was happening on the pitch below.

Veteran journalist Steve Curry claimed letting Jacqui Oatley’s “fire-siren” voice loose on the highlights of Fulham versus Blackburn, was an insult to men such as John Motson.

“I am from the old school, when press boxes and commentary positions were men-only locations and the thought of a female commenting on football was abhorrent,” he wrote.

Jacqui Oatley on the mic that day at Craven Cottage in 2007, outraging dinosaurs (Photo: Getty)

And former manager Dave Bassett raged: “I am totally against it and everybody I know in football is totally against it. You must have an understanding of the game and tactics, and in order to do that you need to have played the game.”

A view that may have had a shred of credibility if Oatley hadn’t played amateur football until injury finished her aged 27, and Bassett hadn’t employed the kind of tactics seen daubed on cave walls before neanderthal derbies.

Which brings us to David Moyes .

Initially, I was left bewildered by his comments to BBC reporter Vicki Sparks: “You were just getting a wee bit naughty at the end there, so just watch yourself. You still might get a slap even though you’re a woman.”

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