My departure from Bournemouth had been building by the time I left them for Burnley in January 2011.
I’d turned down a lot of jobs. I’d also got to the point where everyone from outside was questioning my motivation, and I probably got caught in that trap of wanting to please the outside opinion.
Things had also changed a little at Bournemouth. It had become more difficult to manage certain things.
The timing of that move was probably right on a few different levels. Burnley was also far enough away for me to fully commit to the job.
That was one of my worries. Everyone was saying: “Go to London, because you can come back and it’s not too far. You can keep your life here.”
For me, that was never an option. I’d learned from management that I was going to be 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and that I needed to commit, and to move my family to a new area.
In that respect, Burnley attracted me.