LET’S GET THAT FIRST GAME OVER AND DONE WITH
PREPARING for the opening day of the season is a tough exercise for a manager.The build up for that one game seems so long.The great danger is that a manager either places too much or too little emphasis on the job that needs to be done.
All the talk is about the season ahead, which can distract from winning that first game. But on the other hand, there is a danger that you make too much of your opposition because of the time available to prepare.
Getting the balance right is vital. I have rarely got it right and continually re-think how to produce better first day out- comes. Even as an experienced manager, you get only one attempt at the opening day each season. So there isn’t much opportunity to practise!
I have probably been in charge for just 14 opening days, despite handling 800 odd games.
To those whose club didn’t win yesterday I can offer a small consolation: our last two promotions at Stevenage came after opening day draws!