Still has some words of advice for Salisbury boss Harris
Hatters boss John Still has urged Salisbury City counterpart Mikey Harris to be his own man after he became the youngest full-time manager in England at the age of just 28, writes Mike Simmonds.
Still, who at 63, is one of the most experienced manager’s in the game, had his first job in charge of Leytonstone & Ilford before Harris was even born.
The Hatters boss said: “I met him for the first time last week, he’s got a wonderful opportunity at the age he is.
“I actually applaud that as he was coaching there, they got promotion and it would have been, should we stay with a tried and tested formula or should we try to go and get a big name.
“How do young managers get a chance if they’re not given a chance, particularly if they’re contributing to someone that’s done well.
“To do the job, unless your very naive, you understand the highs and the lows.
“Over the years, I’ve been fortunate, I’ve experienced some incredible highs, but I’ve had some disappointments as well, and it’s how you deal with these things.
“I always say I never get too high with success and never get to low with failure, I treat them both the same.
“I believe in what I do because I’ve been successful in doing it, but it doesn’t guarantee that I’ll win every game.
“I’m very very structured in what I do and think Mikey, one thing he has to do is be structured. Know what you want, where you’re going, don’t be influenced by other people.
“Listen to other people, but make your own mind. If you fail, don’t fail because of what someone else thinks you should do. Fail because it’s what you believe you should do as then you can learn from that.
“When you get older you do understand that. Confide in people that you want to confide in, but make your own mind up and I hope he does that.”
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