Lee Bradbury: Life as AFC Bournemouth manager

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The Cherries boss spoke to the official AFCB site and gave an insight into how life has changed since switching from playing to management.

“As much as I wanted to switch off and relax when I was on holiday, I just couldn’t. I was still working, taking phone calls, looking at emails, talking to people and trying to improve the squad. For me it has been the hardest time of the year. I enjoy the football side of it, the coaching side, the games, but the management side is very different and very difficult. You know what you want to do, but that’s not always possible. Losing Pearcy is obviously a big blow, but that’s football, it has always been this way and it always will be. I want to keep hold of the boys who have done fantastically well, but I have been in the game long enough to know that’s not always possible.”

“There has been some surprises since I became manager! It’s all a learning curve and you never stop learning whether you are 35, a kid starting out or someone who has been in the game all their life. It is important to continue to learn from every experience and use those experiences wisely. This is my first close season as a manager and yes it’s been hard, and I’ve soon found out that it’s a 52 week job being a manager.”

“Some people at the time said I should keep my registration as a player, but looking back, it’s the best decision I have made. There is no way I could train and be amongst the lads in a playing capacity as well as being the manager. I have no regrets whatsoever and I know it’s the right decision.”

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