SAF: You can’t be sentimental in this job

by Sam Peoples

If there is one thing that SAF is famous for (apart from winning, naturally) then it is his capability of making tough decisions at the right time. In a podcast with the LMA, SAF opened the lid on previous decisions that he has found particularly tough and gives a great insight into how he became the man he is today.

“In the case of Nicky Butt and Phil Neville I had to release them because I was getting to the stage where I was terrified of talking to them. Telling them they were not playing a game. It wasn’t fair to them. They were good players. Players that played a big part in the resurrection of Manchester United, no doubt about that. So when the time came for me to let them go, I knew it was cutting strings, loyal strings and I didn’t enjoy it.”

He also delves into his own past to look at how his own experiences and personal affairs shaped his managerial style and career.

“I was a good decision-maker as a young kid and that has always helped me. I think my trade union background also helped me. I was a shop steward at 19 years of age. I think that helped. My mother and father were shop steward for a while so I had that sort of leaning towards being in control of situations and a will to make sure that you were going to win.”

Take a listen to the whole podcast as it is free on Itunes and gives a great professional insight into the managerial mindframe. The podcast is available here.

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