From the January edition of The Albion magazine
“If you can keep your head while those around you are losing theirs and blaming it on you”.
Words penned by Rudyard Kipling can be used as sound advice by most people involved in football clubs.
Players are most effective when they are composed and have a clarity of mind. Emotion is the enemy of the Coach/Manager. It negatively impacts and influences decision making. So remaining calm, particularly during pressure situations, can be a real advantage.
Those who occupy the positions within clubs as Directors & Chairmen also face numerous periods when the ability to “keep the head” is significantly challenged. The most obvious occurs when teams are going through a spell of poor results and/or performances.
The modern trend in football dictates that this results in calls for the Manager to be relieved of his duties. Whilst this may be the best course of action in some cases I can’t help but feel that by remaining calm and composed while under duress, a Board of Directors may serve their club better by standing by their Manager.
I am happy to use our own situation as an example, whereby after a slow start to the season the Board I’m sure, if not collectively then at least individually, wondered if a change was required.
Thankfully they chose to take a broader view and can see where we are trying to take the club and in time the results have improved. Perhaps the most famous example, however, is that of Sir Alex Ferguson and his early time at Manchester United. The history of football would be more than a little different had a group of people made a different choice at that time.
Supporters on the other hand should never attempt to “keep the heid!” (up to a certain point at least). Supporting a football team is all about experiencing the highs and lows and enjoying the entertainment along the way. Hopefully we can balance out some of the lows by providing a time that will feature more highs!
We will stand a good chance of that if we can earn some positive results during the first month of 2016. The Scottish Cup tie at home to Inverness Caledonian Thistle will be one for us all to savour with the players and coaching staff doing everything within our power to cause an upset.
The league, however, is still our No 1 priority and we have some fantastic opportunities over the next few weeks. With fixtures against Elgin away and Queen’s Park at home immediately after the Inverness match it is a key period in our quest to earn promotion from League 2.
We have shown a very strong mentality when key games have occurred in recent months and we must find a way of repeating that. We close out the month with a home fixture against Montrose and, whilst this doesn’t present an opportunity to take points off the teams above us, it is still a chance to fight for another three points.
Happy New Year to all & thanks for your continued support.