Promotion means everything

Last updated : 19 April 2009 By Bladesmadeditor
Kevin Blackwell
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The 50-year-old who has led United to only two defeats in the last 22 league outings claims that family matters are respectively put to one side when a crucial point of the season like this arrives. And with Birmingham picking up maximum points at the weekend, it puts more pressure on United to collect three points at Turf Moor in front of the cameras.

He said: "It (football) takes over your whole life. There is nothing else you can think about right now. There is no chance that anybody will meet me in the next few weeks and I've said to the wife 'I'll see you when I see you' and I've said to the kids 'I love you to bits, but I've got a big job on here'.

"Marriage breakdowns are phenomenal in football, with the stress and the pressure - not just on the managers but on the players too. It's the kids and the wives which take the brunt when you come home and you've lost, and it's unfair.

"The job is so important and the family realise that and they give me a little bit of space, and I'm thankful for it."