We have empathy and sympathy for any Premier League manager these days because anything and everything they say comes under intense scrutiny – and it´s good most of them don´t read the papers otherwise they may go stark raving bonkers – so to speak.
Alan Pardew said he never read the press when he was at Newcastle and that was a good decision by Alan.
Steve McClaren – Wally with the Brolly
Steve McClaren doesn´t seem to either, because in his press conferences when certain stories are brought up that have been in the papers – he doesn´t seem to know about them.
Good for him.
But if you cannot take the criticism you are probably not cut out for this particular job – which pays out big money but maybe at the expense of the health of the PL managers.
That wouldn´t be good.
Steve took some horrendous criticism when he was the England boss for a short 16 months before he was eventually fired – and he has said this about that particular difficult life experience:
“After England, I could have worked the next day,” “Get back on the horse and work the next day. That’s what I wanted to do.”
“It was a massive blow to my confidence and belief but I still had that.” “I felt I had a lot to do and prove. I was only 44, 45, at the time, so I knew I was only young and I had to recover.”
“It is always 24-7, thinking of this that and the other, wherever you are in the league.” “Between 3am and 6am are the best times to switch off.”
3:00 am to 6:00 am eastern time over here in the US is when I do my first stint on the blog, so that´s not a good time to switch off for me – although some would claim that´s exactly what happens – given some of the articles that go out.
It´s 4:50 am right now and the game kicks off at 11:00 am our time – and I take the dogs out around 6:00 am – sometimes before that – they are asleep on the bed right now – a rottweiler Olive and a boxer mix Milo.
As my wife Madeleine keeps asking me over these last eight years – why are you doing this stuff in what are supposed to be our golden years?
That´s a good question.
But I don´t have a good answer to that other than I may just be a complete idiot.
Yeah – that´s probably it.
Hey – all I want to see today is a Newcastle win like any other Newcastle fan and I´ll be very happy – extremely happy and it makes it all worthwhile.
I may even take Madeline out to dinner – I´m not daft.
Howay The Lads!!