Two weeks before the start of the season in the football League semi-professional Quebec (LFSPQ), the formation of the Montagnais of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean has had to resolve the impasse on the season 2018 due to a lack of players and the non-payment of fees by some. A director within the board of directors, Jacques Guertin explains that the organization has therefore preferred to move back a step to put in place a better foundation in 2019.
O Wednesday, Mr. Guertin explained that, to his great surprise, he had found that there was a significant divergence of views among the players. This lack of unity as to the objectives and vision of the team has made it so that the cut-off date, the Montagnais did not have the required minimum of 22 players to start the season.
Luminary of football in the region, Jacques Guertin has indicated that he had proposed to the six members of the CA in position to hold a general assembly in September, rather than January, and to vote the players on the goals and measures to advocate. By then, he will be writing a paper on what it takes to make a team and present it at the meeting.
“People will vote for or against, but once they have voted, they will have to live with their decision, he argued. To bring a team on the field, there are many things that need to be done. “
By holding a general assembly in September, Jacques Guertin believes that this will quickly tell if the team will be able to be back and to know the seriousness of the players listed and those who have paid their dues. “Because if ever one wants to re-enter the league, it will be important that you present yourself with a well-crafted, well-funded and that all people want the team, not just a few individuals “, he insists.
By holding a general assembly in September, Jacques Guertin believes that this will quickly tell if the team will be able to be back and to know the seriousness of the players listed and those who have paid their dues.
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The withdrawal of the Montagnais is all the more disappointing that this year, the regional training would have been able to take four home games instead of only one as it was the case in the past. This visibility would have been beneficial to both the sponsors and the finances of the team. This may be in part remission.
On the other hand, Jacques Guertin is convinced that there are enough players senior citizens in the region. The catch is that many of them have obligations. “I know that we have enough former football players, but are they ready to play ? It must be said that the dynamic of a senior team is very different from a team university, college or other. These players are now adults, so they have jobs, families, obligations. When we know that 25 % of our workforce (24) will not be all games, it falls below a normal threshold. In my eyes, a team with less than 24 players can’t go to the fight, ” he says. Added to this is the financial aspect. A franchise costs the same when 9000 $ in the league and we can’t force people to play. “
But what chicote the more Jacques Guertin in this folder, it is the difficulty of obtaining a consensus among the players, whether concerning the choice of a head coach, style of play, the mode of financing, etc ” the guys have the taste to play, but it would seem that they have of the misery to have a common goal. However, for me, a team must have a common goal and moving in the same direction. Otherwise, we will fight ourselves. “
This is why it wants to submit a project to players in September so that the latter can decide on the broad outline of what should be the Montagnais. Thus, once they are spoken, they will have to live with their decision.