If he wanted him and he truly was a great coach then he’d be retained, simple as that. He either doesn’t want him or he’s playing some wierd psychological game to get Dufty to perform. Worked so far.Agreed OT.
Some of the posts regarding Hook in here are bizarre to say the least. Massive rants about his ability as a coach (half way through his first season with us mind you) based partly on a decision not to retain a player that, in most peoples eyes, does have obvious deficiencies in his game.
As you say though, there's nothing to say that Hook wants to get rid of him, there are many factors that could be contributing to this.
And I also agree with the comment around us having the expectations based on our preferences towards certain players. I have had disagreements with a number of people in here regarding my opinions on certain players both in and outside of the team. People tend to overlook their deficiencies if they see them as their favourite players or see them play well for a couple of games. I do it with the players I like and you've done it in the past as well. I think that is human nature but we do need to remove those rose colour glasses at times and acknowledge that sometimes our favourite players may not be the right fit for the team going forward (where is Gitano these days anyway?)