A PAIR of Premier League forwards have named two Scots because the “hardest” managers that they’ve labored beneath.
Michail Antonio and Callum Wilson are seasoned high flight gamers, with Antonio having turned out for West Ham for eight years and counting and Wilson at present plying his commerce for Newcastle United.
Talking on their hit BBC podcast The Footballer’s Soccer Podcast final week, the pair mentioned the query: “Who’s the toughest supervisor that you just’ve performed beneath?”
Antonio poses the query to his co-host to which Wilson – referencing the truth that he has turned out for Magpies boss Eddie Howe for almost eight years in whole – jokingly replies: “I’ve solely performed for one.
“Nah, I’m joking. Principally, Eddie (Howe) is sweet, and he’s onerous in his personal manner, in his personal proper.
“However I feel in all probability the hardest supervisor when it comes to giving me a grilling the place I assumed ‘I’m probably not pleased about this however there’s not lots I can do’ – it was Steven Pressley.
“So, he was clearly a Scotsman, fiery, on you immediately.”
Wilson and Pressley crossed paths within the 2013-14 season throughout the latter’s stint managing Coventry Metropolis, the place Wilson had been on the books since his youth, earlier than switching to AFC Bournemouth.
In the meantime, Antonio confesses: “My hardest supervisor might be going to should be David Moyes to be honest.”
Fellow co-host Rickie Haywood-Williams chimes in, declaring: “One other Scotsman.”
Antonio continues to elucidate: “He’s old skool, likes a little bit of a shout, will get into your face and stuff like that, so yeah I’ll say David Moyes might be the toughest one I’ve been with.”
Moyes is Antonio’s present supervisor, taking the reins at West Ham in December 2019 after a short stint on the membership within the 2017-18 season to avoid wasting them from relegation.
The podcast clip was uploaded to social media by Antonio on Saturday and has since acquired over 11,000 likes and dozens of feedback from followers.
One TikTok person wrote: “Moyes over Allardyce, actually. thought it might be Allardyce.”
One other commented: “Love that banter from these lads.”
Pressley’s no-nonsense angle confirmed in his profession because the Scot grew to become solely the fifth participant cross the Outdated Agency divide to play for each Celtic and Rangers submit First World Battle.
After retiring from his enjoying profession in 2009 the Scot has managed Falkirk, Fleetwood City, Coventry Metropolis, Carlisle United and even a short spell as supervisor of Cypriot facet Pafos.
Pressley is at present Head of Particular person Improvement at Premier League facet, Brentford.
Moyes not too long ago led West Ham to their first trophy since 1980, profitable the UEFA Convention League final season.
Moyes made a reputation for himself at Everton the place he efficiently managed the Merseyside crew for over a decade earlier than being named as the person to switch legendary supervisor Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
Regardless of being a failure on the Purple Devils, in addition to at Sunderland and an underwhelming expertise in Spain with Actual Sociedad, Moyes has rebuilt his legacy at West Ham.