For Billy, the impressive list of Kovacic, Kante, Mount and Jorginho seemed well ahead of him, but after the run we have had and his assured performance once he got into the pace of the game against City, he must have moved right up the pecking order.
Football changes fast and you have to be ready to take advantage of these changes, whether you are a manager, a team or a player. Morecambe in the FA Cup may give us a bit of breathing space and certainly a chance to try out a few ideas, but even then we can’t be too careful. Their manager Derek Adams is good tactically. I have followed his career with great interest and with a bit of luck and the right timing he could have been managing at a higher level by now.
A word about one of our own great managers. We lost Tommy Docherty last week and for those who were not fortunate to get the chance to meet him in person, he was one of my favourite people who has ever walked this earth.
I met him first while I was at Chelsea and we did a TV show together called ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?’ By the end of that dinner we were friends, and friends for life. He had incredible stories, fantastic wit and a self-deprecating line in everything he talked about. For a man who had managed Chelsea, Manchester United and Scotland among others as well as playing for the Blues and his country and being captain too, he never wanted to live in the past, he always loved and took great joy in the present.