“The Hardest Thing Was…”: Justin Langer Opens Up On Being “Sacked” As Coach

“The Hardest Thing Was…”: Justin Langer Opens Up On Being “Sacked” As Coach


Former Australia coach Justin Langer on Wednesday hit out at the unnamed “cowards” who leaked against him in the lead-up to his resignation, while admitting he should have had a better relationship with the game’s governing body. The 52-year-old walked out of his job in February after failing to secure public support from key players and acrimonious contract negotiations with Cricket Australia. He was unhappy about being offered only a six-month extension despite leading Australia to a 4–0 Ashes victory over England in 2021 and then the Twenty20 World Cup in the same year.

Prior to his departure, disgruntled players anonymously complained to the Australian media about his intense “headmaster-like” coaching style, which he still teases.

He told Code Sports, “Everyone was being nice in front of me but I was reading about this stuff, and half of it … I couldn’t believe what the paper was making up.”

“A lot of journalists use the word ‘source.’ I would say, change that word to ‘coward.’ A coward says no, not a source.

“Because what do you mean ‘says a source’? They’ve either got an ax to grind with someone and they won’t come and say it to your face, or they’re just leaking stuff for their own agenda.” “

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Langer hit his lowest level in decades with Australian cricket in 2018 amid the cheating scandal, and has been credited with restoring glory to the beloved baggy green cap.

But grumblings about his micromanaging began to surface about 12 months after his final dismissal.

Langer, who will commentate on TV during the Australian Test summer starting next week against the West Indies, insisted he listened and mended his ways, but was still dropped.

“The hardest thing for me was: I got feedback (and) I did something about it,” he said.

“We won the T20 World Cup, we won the Ashes. We were number one in the world. I’ve never enjoyed coaching more and I’ve still been sacked. It’s the toughest job.”

Langer said his biggest regret is his lack of relationship with Cricket Australia’s board.

He said, “I spoke to the Cricket Australia board three times in four years. It’s madness. And that’s the one thing I would do differently.”

“Because there’s no lonelier place in the world than when you know that people haven’t got your back. There’s no more powerful place in the world than when you know that people have got your back. And that’s where I Would have done it differently.”

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