GOALS WAS THAN ARMY
the same player as I had been previously. I had to learn to walk again. I went to Wimbledon Parkside Hospital for my rehab and they were fantastic. They had a swimming pool they could lower you into, a pool floor that moved up and down so you could build up the muscles. But it was hard. Every day had a similar pattern to it. As a footballer, you don’t realise until you’re injured that you take every day for granted.
TOUGHEST PLACE TO GO
I went to Lincoln City with Man City when John Beck was in charge. They’d sanded the cor- ners, they’d put an air raid siren on before every corner or long throwin. We ended up losing the game because it was different football to what we were used to. Millwall was always a hard place to go to as well. The Den can be very intimidating.
The England U21s had a practice game against the first team and Sol Campbell marked me. I was only a young lad and he was in the prime of his career – the best centre-half I’ve ever played against. Strong, powerful, quick, knew all the tricks. A top, top defender.
FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO
I enjoyed my football the most at Fratton Park. It was my boyhood club so I loved it. If you work hard there, the fans get behind you. I think I played 100 games and scored 30-odd goals so it was good. The atmosphere is great there too, especially when they are doing well.
To manage in the Premier League. I’ve had a taste of the Football League with Bournemouth, we were close to getting into the Championship through the play-offs but it is fine lines. I want to get back to that when the time is right. I enjoy it here at Havant & Waterlooville and I’d love to get the club promoted. The chairman Derek Pope has been here for nearly 40 years, put a lot of sweat and tears into it so it would be nice to give him that.
I’ve tried to take all the positives out of all the managers I’ve worked under to be the best I can be.There are a lot of good, young managers out there who need the opportunity.
Eddie Howe is doing a great job at Bournemouth. You’d think he’ll manage in the Premier League one day. He’s a young manager with a very bright future and I think there are a lot like that around the country.
Toughest place to go: Sincil Bank Best Manager: Terry Venables