The very public falling-out between Kevin Pietersen and the ECB and its carry-over into the personal dynamic of the England cricket team raises several issues relevant to all sports clubs.
1. The importance of “respect” in maintaining changing room harmony
There is no obligation for every team member to be best friends. Indeed, there are many instances of highly successful sporting partnerships based on mutual dislike. Geoffrey Boycott’s relationship with the rest of the England team and the enmity between Andrew Cole and Teddy Sheringham in Manchester United’s treble-winning team are legendary.