What football could learn from Andy Flower

Maybe it is more difficult in football. The passions are more vivid; emotions are heightened, monetary consequences so much more profound and the scrutiny is a thousand times more intense. Maybe, too, the best practitioners of their art, most notably Sir Alex Ferguson, have perfected it to such a point that those looking to imitate reckon that it is the only way to go.

What is referred to here is a management style based on the kind of us-against-the-world, siege mentality that prevails in not just the higher reaches of football but almost, it seems, the entire game. Routinely, week after week, statements are made and judgements are offered almost solely through the prism of self-interest where the reference points are personal, myopic and narrow-minded……..

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