The Manager Makes the Difference

May 24, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

There’s this little football club in the North West of England that have a very big day ahead of them, on Monday May 25th.

I have been watching them for almost 50 years through thick and some very thin.

The team has suffered over the years from a limited level of support from the population of that small town and it’s fans have been spread across the globe.

The bigger city teams have had greater support and they have hoovered up the best players, paying them much more money, so my team suffered.

Tomorrow, they have the best chance for 33 years to reach the top flight and compete with the big boys.

Financially it will be an incredible feat to achieve for the team and the town.

It has happened because they unearthed an amazing manager.

Owen Coyle has earned admiration throughout the country after his side beat six clubs from the highest division in cup matches this season, despite having a team made up far less expensively.

The former Bolton striker’s most ardent supporters can be found within Turf Moor, the home of Burnley Football Club.

“It’s very rare that you get a manager that every single player at the club likes,” said Steve Thompson, a free transfer signing from Cardiff last September.

“But I think that’s the case here. He’s friends with all of us and we all get on very well with him.”

“I think that’s been the key to our success this season.

“The manager is an infectious person to be around, very bubbly, and he also knows a thing or two about football.”

Who says that managers don’t count.

Coyle has made it his way to be great with his players and they have delivered with his support, encouragement and not forgetting his demanding style.

22 points came from games they had to come from behind in.

Coyle’s spirit has meant his team never give up.

You can be this way with your people too – it’s a choice. Your choice.

Up the Clarets (for the game later today!)

I hope I have your support too!

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