Some of us learn from our regrets, but not many.
Most devote their energy to avoiding situations that could lead to regrets.
Former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika apparently regrets not having stepped down sooner, prior to 2019 Rugby World Cup, according to Michael Cheika himself.
Speaking to a British newspaper, The Times, Michael Cheika related, “In a footy team there can only be one boss, that’s all there is to it,” Cheika told the Times. “I should have left because that shows they didn’t trust me anymore.”
How Michael Cheika managed to avoid being sacked in 2018 when the Wallabies lost nine of 13 Test matches is certainly perplexing.
We have seen far more successful coaches in all codes axed with results far better than those achieved by Michael Cheika.
For the record, we typically support fired coaches because in our fifty plus years of following sports, we have felt the vast share of the blame went to the players. We can count, on one finger, the instances of a hotshot coach being brought in and successfully resuscitating a poor team without massive player personnel changes.
Basically, we are saying that even if RA had somehow persuaded Steve Hansen to take the post, the Wallabies would not have immediately risen to the pinnacle of the heap.
Michael Cheika, in retrospect, expressed the feeling that he should have left when RA brought in Scott Johnson as Director of Rugby and brought the triumvirate selection panel concept with him.
During the final period of his stint as main coach for the Wallabies, Michael Cheika was often at odds with his bosses, Raelene Castle and Cameron Clyne, both of whom have followed Michael Cheika down the path of separation from Rugby Australia.
“I loved Australian rugby and I thought I could do it, I believed I could get the players together and I didn’t want to let the players and the supporters down,” Michael Cheika said.
Six uses of the first person singular proper pronoun in the span of one sentence might offer some clue for the struggles of Michael Cheika trying to succeed in a team endeavour.