Just two months ago Paul Dickov was helping Leeds United to promotion back to the Championship and eyeing another season as a player but now he's adjusting to life as a Manager.
The former Leicester City and Manchester City striker is now in charge of Oldham Athletic and is still pinching himself after being given his big break.
"It wasn't something I always wanted to do but the opportunity sort of presented itself to me," he told www.football-league.co.uk
"I got asked to go for the interview and thought I would go along just for the experience of it and before I knew it I got offered the job so it's great, I am a lucky boy. I had a really good long playing career and to get a job like this this early is fantastic for me.
"When I finished last season at Leeds United my main thoughts were to continue playing for another season and maybe look at it then but the opportunity presented itself and it's a fantastic opportunity for me and something I couldn't turn down."
Speaking at the recent Manager's meeting, where he got to see another side of the job, the 37-year-old admitted that not only has he spent time trying to change the style on the training pitch but also attitudes off it:
"There was a bit of doom and gloom about the place, not just with the payers but the staff and fans as well so the biggest thing I wanted to do was get into them that being at a football club and playing football is the best job in the world so they should be enjoying it.
"The big thing I have tried to do and I have noticed a difference already is to try and get a feel good factor back amongst the players and fans because for us to be successful we need to get everyone on board and have everyone come down with a smile on their face, even if they don't always feel like it."
As a player Dickov won promotion four times, with three different clubs and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup with Arsenal but he knows this season will provide a different kind of challenge. The Latics only finished two points above the relegation places in League 1 last season and the Scot knows the new arrivals to the division will make life even tougher:
"It's going to be very hard but it's going to be a challenge as well.
"There will be nothing better than going to some of these bigger clubs, with the bigger budgets and testing ourselves against them. I'm not going to be naive enough or arrogant enough to think that we are going to go out there and win every game but as long as my players go out there and give me everything they've got in every game then I'll be happy."
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