The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

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.


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.


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

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