13th May 2019
7th December 2012 - Fans furious at O’Hara howler tweets
For those of you who don’t know much about me personally, I am a very proud and fanatical supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers football club.
But I have to say that I was more embarrassed than proud when I recently heard that one of my beloved team’s players had made a monkey out of the club by posting a series of remarkably misguided Tweets about his terribly hard life as a £35,000-a-week Championship footballer.
Midfield star Jamie O’Hara is the player that let my side down by telling followers on his Twitter account that things were so much easier for when him when he was earning just £100 a week on a youth training scheme.
He also made an astonishing claim that people were deluded for thinking that, because he earned good money, for some reason he didn’t have bills or a mortgage to pay.
But his comments did not wash with my fellow Wolves fans, who took to the microblogging platform to vent their anger, bombarding his Twitter handle with messages telling him he was out of touch with the lives of ordinary people.
Yet instead of apologising for his ill-considered Tweet, O’Hara responded to the criticism by telling followers that they were jealous about his millionaire lifestyle. He even had the nerve to question whether they did as much charity work as he did.
As you might have guessed, this only served to intensify the backlash against the player. And eventually O’Hara, who is married to glamour model and high-profile WAG Danielle Lloyd, succumbed to the barrage of hostility and closed down his Twitter account.
From a PR perspective, O’Hara’s actions can surely only have a negative impact on the relationship between the players and the fans. But as a Wolves fan myself, I’m equally concerned that this could ultimately have some kind of knock-on effect on the pitch.
Perhaps, as you might expect, I seriously hope it doesn’t.