Baptism of Fire for Short at Ferencvaros

Craig Short has been thrust into the limelight at Hungarian giants Ferencvaros after being put in charge of the club (dubbed Hungary’s Manchester United) until the Hungarian league’s winter break on the 21st November. It is Short’s first experience of management, having taken over at the helm after previously being assistant to Bobby Davison, and it is a task he is relishing despite knowing how tough it will be. The severity of the task must have dawned on him after his first game in charge which was abandoned with Ferencvaros 1-0 down due to crowd trouble. This involved some fans throwing flares at the players who, understandably, were a tad scared. Can’t imagine that happening at Old Trafford.

The reason i mention this was that i met Craig when i played football for a team in Harrogate a few years ago. Craig was friends with ouButcher blood injuryr coach and came down to watch a game whilst he was still playing for Blackburn. During the game i was lucky enough to be involved in a clash of heads which resulted in blood pouring from my forehead like a tap. I came to the side of the pitch to get some attention and, clearly concust and unable to make a sensible decision, said i wanted to get my blood soaked head wrapped up like Terry Butcher and carry on playing. I wasn’t listening to any of the helpful advice i was being given when Craig put his arm around me and said he thought i should go to hospital. Now, you can’t argue with Craig Short, so i went and had 7 stitches in my forehead!

So, that was my brush with a premier league footballer and, if he can manage the Hungarians like he managed me that day, i’m sure he’ll do a fine job!

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