GIVE CHRIS MORE TIME TO GET THE GULLS BACK UP

The Football League Paper - - NEIL WARNOCK -

EV­ERY foot­ball man­ager in the coun­try will be ab­so­lutely shat­tered this morn­ing. I can’t be­gin to ex­plain how it gnaws away at your in­sides when you’re strug­gling for re­sults in the fi­nal weeks.

But now all the anx­i­eties that have been build­ing up over the last few months are over. There’ll be huge dis­ap­point­ment for some. Huge re­lief and ela­tion for oth­ers. That high of stay­ing up or win­ning pro­mo­tion is what we’re all in the game for. There re­ally is no bet­ter feel­ing. But by the same to­ken, there’s noth­ing more des­o­late than go­ing down.

And this be­ing foot­ball, you know the bloke in the dugout will carry the can. We’ve al­ready seen a rush of sack­ings in the last few months and there are al­ways a few at the start of the sum­mer.

When you look at the ten­ure of a man­ager now com­pared to when I first started in the early eight­ies, it’s a dif­fer­ent world.

I had nearly eight years at Sh­effield United. Now, you’re talk­ing about 18 months as a good in­nings. Most get barely a year.

It’s just im­pos­si­ble to think about bring­ing kids through or putting plans in place for the fu­ture. Your only con­cern is your own job and how to get the best out of the first team. You can’t mould a club the way you used to, which is sad.

But one guy I re­ally want to see given a crack is Chris Har­g­reaves. I lis­tened to Chris talk­ing af­ter Torquay lost their place in the Foot­ball League and it was ob­vi­ous to me how pas­sion­ately he feels about the club. I re­ally don’t think it could be in bet­ter hands.

It’s hard enough to get play­ers down to Devon in any sit­u­a­tion, let alone when all you can of­fer is a scrap for pro­mo­tion in the Con­fer­ence Pre­mier. But with Chris so com­mit­ted to the cause, it should rub off on a few.

It’s a mas­sive test for the club – one they’ve passed be­fore – and as a for­mer Gulls man­ager with a real soft spot for Torquay, I hope they can get back up.

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