In at the deep end. That’s how I’ve always done it.
I want to meet the biggest challenge. If it’s difficult, then so be it. I want something that’s going to put me in that place motivationally where I know, okay, I really have to go and meet this head on.
There was no bedding-in period for me as a manager. I’m a million miles away from what I was when I took on the Swansea job in 2014. But, even so, I still think I’m learning on the job. Still adapting things and refining them.
I’m sure that’s something you do all the way through your career.
It’s very difficult to reflect in the timeframes that you have as a manager. But one of the things I did after leaving Swansea was to develop that plan so that, when I did go to another job, I knew what I needed to do.
Number one: what do you do before you go in there? From the minute that you find out this is a club I’m going to be taking over.