Stunned Canadian women’s national team players give heartfelt thanks to John Herdman after his shock move to the men’s side of the program

Stunned Canadian women’s national team players give heartfelt thanks to John Herdman after his shock move to the men’s side of the program

John Herdman’s appointment as Canadian Men’s national team coach on Monday was certainly met with a mixed reaction. There was shock, there was bewilderment, there were expected nods from some quarters, there was anger.

One thing there definitely didn’t seem to be was a string of delighted people applauding the move to replace Octavio Zambrano with him. At best there was a “well that’s ballsy” and “Zambrano wasn’t the right man for the job” kind of vibe, but those felt few and far between.

Exactly what was behind the move to throw both the Canadian men’s and women’s programs into disarray is still unknown. Zambrano has promised a press conference, whilst the CSA and Herdman aren’t talking to the media. No transparency at the top? Quelle surprise. There’s a reassuring stability in that at least.

I’m going to give some of my thoughts on the decision in another article (there feels like 20,000 other ones out there already anyway!), but after a day to digest the news, it’s clear who the move is hitting the hardest – the players of the Canadian women’s national team, who for the most part found out when everyone else did when it was announced on Twitter.

As happy as they are for their coach and mentor and the new challenges that lie ahead for him, the underlying feeling was that of pure shock as they took to social media to share their thoughts.

We thought we’d curate a few of them for you (from current and recent players on Twitter) to let you see the general feelings of the close knit group, starting off with the comments of Canada’s one and only real Queen, Christine Sinclair.

So a lot of love, a lot of shock, and a lot of sadness.

But for me, the best reaction was from Allysha Chapman in what is now a deleted tweet (hopefully she wasn’t forced to take it down by those within the CSA as it is truly hilarious and would be very disappointing if there was a heavy handed approach to her for it). She had a couple of funny tweets, but this is the perfect way to leave this piece I feel.


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Authored by: Michael McColl

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