Coach refuses to talk to media - for sake of his health

As far as doctor’s notes go, this one’s a cracker!

The manager’s job at a Scottish second-tier club is hardly the most forgiving position and, for some, it’s clearly taking a toll on their health.

Take Morton boss Kenny Shiels for example. With his side sitting at the bottom of the Scottish Championship table, Shiels has taken the unlikely step of refusing to give any post-match interviews.

His reasoning? An emotional imbalance.

That’s right, and his doctor can vouch for him, too. Apparently, it’s a serious medical condition! Read Shiels’ comments below in an interview with BBC Radio Scotland:

"I have spoken with the doctor and you get emotionally imbalanced.

"It’s important I don’t compromise my position as manager of Morton Football Club.

"There’s a name for it – you can’t help it. If someone asks you a question, you’re emotionally imbalanced at that time and you feel an urge to tell the truth.

"And, if you feel hard done by, you want to tell the truth about something that happened in the game and you become a victim of that. There are people out there waiting for you to drop your guard.

"It’s my nature that’s the biggest problem and Neil Lennon has that problem too at Celtic. He will tell you he is the same – when you are passionate about something and you put all your energies into it.

"I am probably not intelligent enough to deal with that because journalists can catch me. I don’t think it’s fair to condemn Scottish football. It’s not their fault, it’s my fault."

"Every decision I make must be in the best interests of Morton and I’m very susceptible to being controversialised and it’s happened to me in the past. I’m not going to go down that road anymore."

They breed managers differently up in Scotland, it seems.


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