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Monday 22 December 2014

Kenny Shiels' matchday interview ban could catch on

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Kenny Shiels
Kenny Shiels

I've conducted many a post match interview with football managers down the years.

Kenny Shiels, former boss of Carrick Rangers, Coleraine, Ballymena United, Larne and Kilmarnock who is now in charge of Greenock Morton, was always one of my favourites.

Reason? You never knew what would come out of Kenny's mouth, but you knew it would make for a cracking story.

Some of my pals in the Scottish press were crying the day Killie sacked him, then held a party when Championship strugglers Morton appointed him earlier in the season.

They are weeping again though because Kenny has now banned himself from giving matchday interviews following medical advice. I kid you not.

The 57-year-old, whose controversial comments as boss of Kilmarnock led to Scottish FA bans, will hand over his media duties to assistant David Hopkins.

Kenny revealed: "I'm very susceptible to being controversialised and it's happened to me in the past. I'm not going to go down that road any more.

"There's a name for it – you can't help it. If someone asks you a question, you're emotionally imbalanced at that time and you feel an urge to tell the truth and you become a victim of that."

FYI, Shiels says he'll still talk to the media on non-match days, so thankfully we haven't heard the last from him just yet, but his post game plan and reasoning behind it could catch on.

Manchester United boss David Moyes, who feels the world and referees are against him at present, might find it useful in the coming weeks.

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