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Ole’s press conference: Part twoVideo
“I think you should ask Paul what he’s done,” the boss responded to a question in the second half of the media briefing.
“The answer is Paul has really knuckled down, he’s worked hard, got his fitness. I’ve said this many a time, he’s had a bad season last season with injuries, he got COVID this season, he had an injury [as well].“But he works hard, he’s playing in a team that plays well, of course. He’s a big inspiration for everyone, he always has a big smile – not always a big smile, because yesterday in training, when his team lost, you can see how that affects him and he wasn’t happy. Today was a new day and he’s ready to go tomorrow.”
Ole was asked about the pair’s relationship and Ole revealed he treats each of his players differently, and reiterated Paul’s commitment to the Reds is evident from the standard of his performances over the last few weeks.
“I think it’s important for every player that you have a one-to-one relationship, have an open relationship and you can be honest about the situation,” Ole told reporters via video link.
“I try to manage every player as a different individual and a different human being. That’s the way I like to be managed and, hopefully, the boys feel like I’m trying to get the best out of them to make a good team together.