What They're Saying: John Herdman

"To be honest, I didn't think the U.S. troubled us massively ... They were doable tonight, and we missed a great chance on home soil."

-- Canada coach John Herdman, who was so upset about his team losing to the USA, 2-0, in the Concacaf Olympic women's qualifying final that he tossed his silver medal into the crowd at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium. The USA outshot Canada, 11-2, to extend its unbeaten streak against Canada to 32 games. (Canadian Press)
6 comments about "What They're Saying: John Herdman".
  1. :: SilverRey ::, February 22, 2016 at 8:41 a.m.

    Home soil?

  2. Chris Curtin, February 22, 2016 at 10:04 a.m.

    The man's a bit delusional in more ways than one. Texas: the 11th province? Face it, John. Your team is not as good as you think. If the USA were "doable" and you still lost, what's that say about your coaching skills? When you actually did play on home soil last year, you were lucky to get results in your group matches, and you choked in the quarterfinals, letting down your nation. Finally, nice display of sportsmanship with your silver medal. You should have kept it. It would have distracted attention away from that 2012 Olympic bronze. Do us all a favor and just stay in the stands the entire game from now on.

  3. Mark Metzger replied, February 22, 2016 at 12:12 p.m.

    Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
    Coach John Wooden

    Jillian Ellis coached at UCLA
    and has taken the long road to winning finals - i would garner she studied some of Coach Wooden's philosophy-)) you have to learn to stay humble in defeat before you become a champion and it has nothing to do with the result.

    Here are some things God has to say about being humble in victory and gracious in defeat (as well as patient and forgiving toward those who aren't):

    "In humility consider others better than yourselves" (Philippians 2:3).

    "Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted" (Matthew 23:12).

    "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger" (Proverbs 15:1).
    "Honor one another above yourselves" (Romans 12:10).

    "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you" (Ephesians 4:32).

    Whether we win or lose may say something about our abilities, but how we handle victory and defeat says much about our character.

  4. Ric Fonseca, February 22, 2016 at 3:31 p.m.

    Mark & Chris, thank you for your keen and spot-on insight on the Canadian coach, who showed a tremendous amount on how to be not only a very sore loser, but showed how much further he has to travel that long lonely road to become someone with "panache" and class. I would think that the head honchos of the Canadian Football Federation ought to speak to him and show him his walking papers. And they need a true and tried former member of the Canadian's WNT to step up and become the head coach, believe me they'd be better off in the shbort-long run!!!

  5. Tim Boul, February 23, 2016 at 12:36 p.m.

    It's all about John Herdman

  6. EDS SB, February 23, 2016 at 2:38 p.m.

    This from the Montreal Gazette:
    " Herdman did it without his runner's-up medal, having wasted little time donating it to a fan in the crowd in the aftermath of Sunday's 2-0 loss to the U.S. before 9,363 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
    'It's nice to be able to give a medal like that to someone in the crowd, that maybe you inspire them to do something good in their lives as well," Herdman said diplomatically when asked about the giveaway. "So I don't play this (game) for medals. Not silver ones anyway.',
    Talk about a disingenuous reporting on the actions of an even more disingenuous coach. "Donated"? "Diplomatically" Don you mean threw it away like trash and then lied about it?? Canada, fire this guy. He's a delusional egomaniac. No wonder you have the rep for having one of the dirtiest women's teams in FIFA. I can't imagine the team culture his guy promotes. No wonder your star players went on TV in 2012 and joked about Tancredi stepping on Carly Lloyds head. That was one of the ugliest post game displays by any team ever. I'm sure Herdman loved it. Oh Canada -- lose this loser!

Next story loading loading..

Discover Our Publications