In his last two interviews Cook has said that he doesn't think the pressure does affect the players and Im not so sure it does affect our players a great deal (the pain).
He cant be more clear that far too many of the team don't care enough. They have given up. Some know they will move on cos they haven't played well. Some are under the misapprehension that they might be worth better things (which they are not). And some are just taking the money.
Where are those nasty faces? Like Magilton used to snarl at people when he wasn't happy.
Way too many leaving the fields smiling in past games after being woeful.
This lot are so bad as a collective that I cant even tell who is still decent in such a poor bunch. Theres barely anyone in the squad without a significant list of minus attributes to go with their few positive ones.
I wouldn't blame Cook for just dropping anyone now and never playing them again if he thinks they won't be here next year. Id rather the U23s just played.