at what he's done at Everton. 11 years without any tremendous financial backing but he's persevered with it and created some decent teams in the last few years. They are the qualities he's going to need at our club. The one thing you have to do is definitely sacrifice and persevere - it's not always a golden path of riches. You have hard days and difficult days especially with the losses. We lost in the last seconds - for 10 seconds we were champions last year - but that's part of our history and we're used to that. Our supporters have suffered many things but also enjoyed many things. It's just part of our history.
You said here last year that the fightback would start from now..
Absolutely. There was nothing to be ashamed of last year. You can all analyse it in many ways and you do that every time. We lost at Norwich this year and I was saying: 'Christ, this could cost us the league'. You think that way, it's instinct and the natural way of handling things. You know a defeat means something at this club but, in context, you win games and say we were a bit lucky, so it balances out. The name of the game is to be points ahead of the rest.
Has it been an emotional week or so for you?
Yes, it definitely has been. On Sunday, I did what I had to do and I thought I did it well. I didn't show my emotion too much. When I announced to the staff, I was a bit blubby, you know. I think, funnily enough, the last few days have been hard and Monday night, after the parade, I slept for 10 hours. I think it was the first time in my life. I was absolutely gone - knackered! I didn't go in [to work]. I don't know what time it was but I kept feeling the