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Youth Soccer Coach Fired for Win-at-All-Costs Attitude

It wasn't a day at the beach for the kids on Justin Byrne's youth soccer tem. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) It wasn't a day at the beach for the kids on Justin Byrne's youth soccer team. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

For Justin Byrne, the coach of an under-10 soccer (er, football) team in a London suburb, winning is everything.

The children's parents thought otherwise. Cheerio, Mr. Byrne!

Byrne insisted he wasn't there so the boys could have fun, and that he was "only interested in winning." He also called detractors "weak-minded" and said they "think sport is about knitting."

He emailed the parents of his Chalfont St. Peter's Football Club his Vince Lombardi-like views for their kids. Four days later, the 42-year-old father of three was fired despite a stellar winning percentage in his two years as a coach.

‘I don’t care about equal play time or any other communist view of sport," the Australian-born Byrne wrote in his email.

Well, then.

[Daily Mail]

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