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Expectation Has To Be Managed

3 October 2013

Davis says there will always be good and bad days in football

Steve Davis says he has great sympathy for those managers who lose their jobs without having enough time to implement their own ideas. In the wake of him taking charge of his 100th game against Gillingham, the Alex boss was quick to praise the stability and infrastructure of the Football Club, as a vital foundation from which to build.

The Alex boss has already enjoyed a promotion via the League Two play-offs and a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy success during his two years in charge and he has stressed that there are always highs and lows in football and that you need the support of the board, players, and supporters to succeed at anything in the game.

Only recently, the Premier League club Sunderland sacked their manager Paolo Di Canio after just five games of the new season.

Steve told “It is a results business and everyone is trying to be successful but not every team can win. Therefore there are a lot of victims when it comes to managers. They don’t get too long nowadays. I am told it is something like an average of 13 months, so if you get two years nowadays, then you are doing pretty well.

“I think the days of a Dario, Sir Alex at Manchester United and Arsene Wenger at Arsenal are sadly coming to an end. The demand for results is greater than ever before. 

“Every game is difficult and you are always going to have good and bad days. The aim is to have as many good days as you can and make them last as long as you can.

“We have had success here, quickly, and now we have to stabilise ourselves at this level and then try and reach that next step. Our first aim is to finish higher than we did last season.

“With success comes greater expectations and you have to manage that and play that down a bit. The aim is always to do better.

He added: “Paolo lost his job at Sunderland after five games. He wasn’t given a lot of time and it seems the players rebelled against his methods. You need all the players to pull in the same direction or you lose them.

“He has always been good with me, Paolo. I don’t know about his methods, or what went on but he always chatted and shared things when we played Swindon and I got on with him. I wish him well.”

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