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Pressure on League Managers grow

In a week in which Steve Bruce has lost his job at Sunderland and Gary Speed's death has all the football world in mourning the League Manager's Association support has never been more needed.

All in football are shocked by events this week as Swiss international Djourou, like everyone else in football, has been left shocked and saddened by the death of Wales manager Gary Speed.

Football has been put into stark perspective.

No one knows the truth behind Speed’s suicide, but it has brought about a realisation that footballers and managers are not immune to depression.

Djourou said: “People get depression in football. It is a human world.

"Sometimes we forget that football is a job. Someone who is doing a normal job is under pressure, because he wants to do well. Football is the same.

“For a manager like Gary Speed it is very sad. He was a legend here [in Britain] and Wales were doing so well. No one knows what happened and it's such a sad loss for his family. It is a massive shame.”

Djourou insists Arsene Wenger, who he sees as a father figure and it was painful for the players to see how the disruption and defeats at the start of the season hurt their manager.

The excellent work done by CEO Richard Bevan and his team at the LMA is needed more than ever.

TS

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