Exclusive: Part one of Ole’s amazing fan Q&A

Milan M, from South Africa | Hi Ole, my question is do you have any pre-game rituals as a manager? We know players always have certain things they do, I want to know if the manager has one as well?
“Good question from Milan, I have to say. That’s not something you think about. When I was a player, I didn’t really think, what does Sir Alex do before the game, or the other managers. It’s the worst time. You’ve done all your preparation, you want the game to get going and players go out and prepare. They’re going out warming up but I’m not usually there at the warm-ups. I just go back to my office and sit there and try to get the time to go. Sometimes there’s some games on telly that I can watch, but most of the time is just using some time to think ‘what do I need to do?’ Thinking about if something happens, if that player gets injured, if something happens in a game. It’s just preparation for a game really. Nothing that I have to go through, no.”

Noah H, from Canada | You can only eat one type of cuisine for a whole year. Which cuisine do you choose and why?
“I have to say Noah, that it’ll be Italian food. I should have been born in Italy! I love pasta, I love the Italian cuisine. I’ll say Italian food, yeah.”

Ava M, from the USA | What advice would you give to a young, injured player looking at a potentially long recovery time, following a serious injury?
“I hope Ava has not had this injury herself, and I’m not giving her the advice, but if I have to give advice to young, injured players: take your time and be patient. You’ve got plenty of time to get back to playing football. You have so many years ahead of you and to take another week or a month extra in your recovery work is more important than rushing to get back. You might have after-effects, you might get a setback. I was lucky enough that I never really had big injuries until I was 30, but I was at a stage then when I was patient and I had done a lot in my career. I felt that I’d take the time it needs, but that’s not easy maybe if you’re 10, 15, 16, 17 and you desperately want to prove yourself. Take your time, listen to the advice, make sure you get physios or medical staff you trust and follow the programme to the point. No shortcuts, no cutting corners, just follow the programme.”


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