Owen Coyle insists he will remain grounded as Bolton scale the heights of the Barclays Premier League.
The Glasgow-born manager believes it is a privilege to be earning a handsome living in the game.
"If I hadn't had a career in football I would still have been paying a fiver to play five-a-side," the 44-year-old said as his fifth-placed team prepared to face Blackpool tomorrow.
"I know a real job is getting up at five, six in the morning and going out to work. A lot of people do.
"It might not be a job they are totally enamoured with but they have a family to look after and bills to pay.
"So it is a bad day if you can't come to your work with a smile on your face knowing your job is in football. We are very fortunate.
"Nobody gets more down than me when we lose games. I can be unbearable in those type of moments.
"But what I do recognise is that when we return to the training ground we are bubbly and ready to go again when something goes against you. I have always done it and always will."
Among the crowd at the Reebok Stadium will be his mum Frances and other close family members.
Coyle will blow a kiss in their direction before kick-off, proud of the way he was raised in that corner of Scotland.
He said: "I had a very good upbringing thanks to my parents. My dad is dead now, god rest him, but my mum is 80 and still travels to the home games from Glasgow.
"There were nine of us, five brothers, three sisters and there is a very good support system in place.
"Growing up in the area we did you have to earn every bit along the way and I have tried to bring that work ethic wherever I have been as a player and a manager. And equally try and treat people the way to expect to be treated yourself."
Meanwhile, Blackpool manager Ian Holloway admits he is in the dark about what the future holds for David Vaughan.
The club are hoping to re-sign the Wales midfielder, who is out of contract in the summer, and an offer has been made.
However Holloway knows that given Vaughan's good form there could be bids for him in the January transfer window.
Vaughan, 27, has started in 13 of Blackpool's 14 league games after arriving from Spanish club Real Sociedad in August 2008.
Holloway said: "I have spoken to David and I need to talk to my chairman and see where we are. I don't know where that is going to go.
"What he might get somewhere else and what we might pay him might be a difficult scenario.
"He is an incredible player and a wonderful person. I am very fortunate to have him here. I would like that to be a long time.
"David is a joy to work with. Every day is exactly the same. There is quality, left foot, right foot. He hardly ever does anything that is sub-standard.
"He is playing so well - I wish him well whatever happens, whatever way it goes."
Holloway will make one enforced change as striker Marlon Harewood is sidelined with a torn hamstring.
Harewood suffered the setback in training this week after scoring his fifth goal of the season against Wolves.
Ludovic Sylvestre is doubtful with a hamstring strain as is Chris Basham with a knee problem.
Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson will retain his place between the posts as Matt Gilks remains sidelined with a fractured knee-cap.
Holloway is delighted at the way Kingson has embraced his promotion and added: "Watching Richard play so far he has done a great job.
"It looks as though he's had the shirt all his life. I am delighted for him."M
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