The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

IF there was one man­ager I’d have liked to change places with last Satur­day, it was Rus­sell Slade at Ley­ton Ori­ent.

There’s 20 min­utes to go, you’ve just gone 3-0 up against ten men, away from home on the first day of the sea­son – he must have sat there at Brun­ton Park think­ing ‘Life does not get any bet­ter than this’.

I’ve been in this game for years and I never got days like that too of­ten. But trust me, when it hap­pens, there’s no bet­ter feel­ing.

Poor old Greg Ab­bott must have won­dered what the hell was hap­pen­ing, but fair play to him – to lose 5-1, lose four top play­ers, then bounce back to beat Black­burn in the League Cup three days later was a great re­sult.

That’s the kind of re­silience you look for as a man­ager. And by the same to­ken, Rus­sell will know that it could just as eas­ily go the other way for him, too.

That’s why you al­ways hear us man­agers dron­ing on about not get­ting too car­ried away when you win and not get­ting too down when you lose!

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