Chris Wilder, manager is struggling Northampton Town FC, describes the pressure and responsibility : the chairman and directors, as well as the supporters, players performance, personal problems, fitness and injuries. So many things are outside of your control, and you need to be clear on that. His aim is to stay calm so that he can make good decisions, and his main strategy is to “be careful about who I listen to and what I read,” especially local papers, facebook, twitter, forums etc.
The risk is, as he found “In the past, I have taken things personally … You have to stay focused and believe in what you're doing,” without being too shut off. He says he learnt to “discuss only really massive things with my family and try to leave everything else at the front door.”
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“The stress in A&E is about me not having control,” which he makes up for by immersing himself in a hobby over which he has total control - restoring classic cars. “The other thing that helps restore calm is going to the pub after a shift and chatting and laughing about some of the daft things that have happened during the day. They probably seem weird to people on the outside, but it helps to reorganise the brain.”