RUDY FUNK: Pressure is becoming massive at the top

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No matter what level of football you manage at there is always a tremendous amount of pressure involved.

This pressure can lead to managers losing their jobs and saying and doing things that you might not ordinarily expect.

We have recently seen more high-profile casualties and managerial spats in the Premier League, but this is all just part and parcel of the game.

Rene Meulensteen was not afforded much time at Fulham and you have to feel sorry for him after he was sacked so early on in his time at Craven Cottage.

Who knows if it was the right decision, I guess only time will tell, but perhaps his track record and lack of pedigree as a manager rather than a number two has cost him.

Michael Laudrup (pictured above) is a man who I have a lot of sympathy for, particularly as he was sacked via email.

For me this is a total disgrace and shows a lack of respect by Swansea City towards their manager.

If you don’t have the decency to look into someone’s eyes and tell them that you are firing them face to face then I think there is something wrong.

One item of news from the world of Premiership football that I did enjoy was the feud between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho.

Up until recently it was always Sir Alex Ferguson and Wenger who used to clash so famously as they tried to out-psyche each other.

Mind games are commonplace in our job, it is always interesting to see what managers will say and do to try and gain an advantage over each other. I find it fascinating.

It may be on a totally different level, but there is a certain amount of pressure attached to managing Scarborough Athletic, but I thrive on this; I absolutely love it.

Even at this level of the football pyramid other managers try to engage in mind games.

I am always hearing that we are a club with lots of money and that we are trying to buy success.

Lots of opposition managers talk about me and about the money I apparently have at my disposal as manager of Scarborough Athletic.

To be perfectly honest, this is music to my ears. It just inspires me to do better.

If people want to try and play mind games then I don’t say too much, I let them get on with it and hopefully my teams will always do my talking for me on the pitch.

Although there are so many positives when it comes to managing this club sometimes you have to deal with difficult things.

Unfortunately Tom Davie’s time at Scarborough Athletic came to an end last week and this was a shame because he is tremendous player. It was disappointing to see him go.

We wish Tom all the best in the future, he had a lot of great games in a Boro shirt, but after he was a substitute in the Belper game he became very unhappy.

It is not good for the squad as a whole to have a player who is unhappy among us.

For the good of the club, which comes before any individual, I decided that it was time for Tom to move on.

This chapter is now closed and as a club we move on with the group of great players that we have here who are totally committed to bringing Scarborough Athletic fans the success that they deserve.