The Football League Paper - - NEIL WARNOCK -

AS a man­ager, you do have spells where re­sults drop off and it feels like ev­ery­thing is go­ing against you. What’s im­por­tant is how you cope with it, so well done to Dean Smith at Wal­sall and Paul Cook at Ch­ester­field.

Hav­ing started the sea­son ever so well, Wal­sall dropped off the pace and looked like they would stay in mid-ta­ble. But Dean didn’t panic and his side – who I fan­cied from the start – made it back into League One’s top six.

In League Two, Ch­ester­field have done the same.Top of the league for give or take two months, they had a bad spell where they couldn’t buy a win. But Paul’s turned the corner and now they’re back at the top of the league.

As a man­ager, you learn much more from the bad times than the good. Both Paul and Dean will draw on these spells for the rest of their ca­reers.

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