TRICKS OF THE MANAGERIAL TRADE
WE’VE had a spectacular outbreak of hangdog fatalism amongst Football League managers recently.
First, we had Dougie Freedman writing off Forest’s promotions hopes. “I never thought the playoffs were a possibility,” he said. “I always thought we were too far away.”
Then, down in League One, came Terry ‘the voice of doom’ Skiverton. “It’s probably the end of what we’ve been trying to do,” he said after Yeovil slipped nine points adrift of safety at the foot of League One. “We’ve gone out with a whimper. Now it’s about pride.”
And Phil Brown reacted to Southend’s defeat at Burton by claiming a six-point gap to third left his players “no chance” of automatic promotion from League Two.
You’d almost think they just wanted to take the pressure off their players for the run-in…