I don’t know how many of you are on Twitter or have seen Nigel Adkins’ good morning messages, but as part of his raising money for Prostrate UK he is walking 11,000 steps a day and has been chronicling it with a a small video each morning.
For those with a early morning disposition of torpor or grumpiness then they are best avoided because Nigel is as chirpy and upbeat as can be.
I find it quite refreshing and whilst he was not working he made his Twitter page a place where he would bestow positive energy and coaching tips and insights.
He looks to have left a positive impression on fans of all of his old clubs and I hope he does on ours, although I’ll be the first to bang my head against the wall if he goes all Karl Robinson on us after games when we have just been tonked 4-0.
Nigel has two weeks at Sparrows Lane now to impose his personality and ideas on the players excluding Liam Miller and Chris Gunter who are away with Canada and Wales respectively. Conor Washington pulled out of the Northern Ireland squad due to his hamstring injury picked up at AFC Wimbledon.
Adkins was a spectator on Monday as the U23’s got well beaten 4-0 by an experienced Coventry City side that included Brighton loanee Viktor Gyokeres, who is a Swedish international.
Nige is relentlessly positive and reminds me (showing my age) of the ‘brilliant’ character from The Fast Show. He does actually say things are ‘brilliant’ at least twice in this one…
While I get Nige’s approach and as he says, he and the players are in a privileged position and therefore should be grateful for where they find themselves in life.
Others, like me, will eventually find his chirpy disposition bloody irritating, if I haven’t already!
Good luck to Nigel Adkins both as Charlton’s Manager and with his 11,000 steps a day challenge for prostrate cancer. As Manager, I don’t have a problem with his commendable positivity. However, l fear that positivity will be tested to the full once he gets to work with some of Charlton’s player’s. Some of his views are in sync with those expressed by Bows ie some players make mistakes but learn from them and don’t repeat them. After watching Charlton’s Welsh fullback with 99 caps on Saturday give the ball away 21 times out of 24 passes, and watching Schwarz ‘play’ for almost quarter of an hour of that game against Wimbledon without even touching the ball, l think NA will need the patience of a (ex) Saint!
Love the ex-saint analogy Norfolk 👏