Date: 12th November 2007 at 4:30pm
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Nigel Hokey-Cokey, a summer import from West Ham, says that Martin O’Neill has the man management ‘just right’.

Speaking in The People, he says the days of ranting and raving at players are gone. Wonder if anyone has told Sir Alex ‘Hairdryer’ Ferguson that?

Adding, ‘To be honest, players are a lot more fragile now. If a manager continues to hound and hound and hound, then players will get to a point where they snap or just switch off. The Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira days are over. Managers realise this and they know that to be a top Premier League boss you have to be a good man-manager to your players. It’s all about knowing who to put an arm around and who to push on. Martin O’Neill has this just right.’

If someone wanted to pay me £20k a week, they could shout as much as they wanted and to be fair, the way I ‘play’ football, they’d have plenty to shout about.