As a player, you always have to adapt when a new manager comes into the football club.
Frank Burrows brought me in to Portsmouth and I played under a few caretaker managers before Jim Smith and then Terry Fenwick came in.
I worked under a few different managers there and in every case, they all had different ideas about football.
Just because you’ve played under one manager it doesn’t mean the next one is going to like you.
When I came to Brighton, Martin Hinshelwood was in charge, but as soon as Steve Coppell came in, myself and Adam Virgo were dropped from the side.
We were out of the team and I didn’t play another game until the following season. It’s just an opinion from the manager.
Some people get in the comfort zone when a manager has been at one club for a while so sometimes it’s good to have a change.
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Moving back to the present, Uwe Rosler recently lost his job as the Leeds manager and was replaced by Steve Evans.
You can usually gauge when a team is low on confidence or if the fans are not behind the manager. But I felt that Leeds were one of the better teams we’ve faced this year, which says to me that every single player was trying to put a performance in for the manager.
Sometimes when you go 1-0 down then the players’ heads drop. But they didn’t when we played against them last month. They got back into the game at 1-1 and it was a very tough test for us.
They had to put a midfielder back in at centre-half due an injury and Bobby Zamora used a bit of trickery to win us the game. I was quite surprised by the decision, because I can understand if the manager loses the changing room or the respect from the fans. In Leeds's case, it seemed that the players and fans were behind the manager.
With Tim Sherwood, I am sure it was a difficult decision for the club, because the games I’ve seen Aston Villa play prove that he’s trying to get them to play the right way, with the ball on the ground.
But it’s a results-based business and they are at the bottom of the table. There’s a lot more money coming into the Premier League and the chairman has maybe thought that he can’t wait until January to get reinforcements when his team could be adrift of safety.
Some managers are deemed not good enough for one club, but suddenly they are good enough to do a job at a different one. Steve Evans wasn’t good enough at Rotherham, yet he’s suddenly good enough for Leeds.
Personally, I feel that the next generation of young English coaches should be encouraged to come through the ranks.
There are loads of coaches in the lower leagues that have done their apprenticeships, been assistant managers and played the game. It’s unfortunate for them that chairmen immediately want someone with experience to dig them out of trouble.
But then you only have to look at Jose Mourinho’s current situation at Chelsea. He’s never been in that position before and maybe the pressure is getting too much for him. Historically, he’s always had decent teams and decent players and never had to do what Tony Pulis has done throughout his career. He had to wheel and deal to get out of trouble.
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