Sheffield Wednesday coach Tony Strudwick on 'taming the beast' within him

Sheffield Wednesday sports science guru Tony Strudwick has admitted he is doing his best to control the competitive beast that can sometimes get him into trouble on the sidelines.. but that it can be a struggle.

Friday, 26th February 2021, 5:00 pm

Speaking exclusively to The Star last week the former Manchester United man, who made no secret of his dissatisfaction with the official’s handling of Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat to at Brentford, joked that his competitiveness has even got him into trouble at home in recent weeks.

“I’ve been banned from the family quiz several times,” he laughed. “The last one with the in-laws, my wife didn’t speak to me for two days because I wanted to win so much.”

Strudwick is one of the more animated of the Owls’ coaching staff. Though it’s something he is looking to curb, he says it is down to a fierce will to win.

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“There’s always been a passion for wanting to support the team you’re working for,” he said. “It’s easy to get wrapped up in that and I’ve been able to calm myself down a little bit recently. You have to have a passion for it.

“I’m sure you guys are the same, you know, you follow us everywhere and you get into it, bemoan decisions and so on.

“You care about the club, you care about the team and you want them to do well. It’s difficult to disassociate that sometimes, the fan from the employee.

“I’ve always wanted to be competitive and I do get frustrated for sure, particularly with some of the refereeing decisions and so on.”

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