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 presence of Cathy coming into the bedroom. I think she was checking I was still alive!