Mowbray keeping emotions in check

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Tony Mowbray claims he will never enjoy being Celtic manager.

The former Hibernian and West Brom boss has had a troubled start to his tenure at Parkhead since taking over from Gordon Strachan in the summer, with side being knocked out of the Co-operative Insurance Cup and their Europa League hopes hang by a thread.

Celtic passed up on the chance to go top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League last week by losing 2-1 to Dundee United at Tannadice, which extended his poor record to two wins in 10 games and Mowbray said: "I don't think I have ever enjoyed football management. It's a job. You focus on trying to produce a football team."

He added: "I don't think it's a job to enjoy because you are in a results business and it is there for the whole world to see.

"You are either good or you're bad. That's the black and white of it, so I don't think you ever enjoy it. If you start enjoying it too much, you'll have a fall because no team wins every game. I enjoy working with the players, but it is a job you must be very focused on."

Mowbray continued: "I don't ever come in and have an emotion of 'This is great'. That's why I don't get depressed or overly down and I don't get overly high. I see it as a job.

"I've got to produce a football team and work with the players, create an environment where they enjoy coming into their work and then go and win games.

"I will sit here sometimes and say 'I've enjoyed this week'. But do you 'enjoy' it? It's just what I do.

"I enjoy playing with my kids, that's what I enjoy doing, laughing and having a joke with them.

"The days where we have a five a-side game and there's a bit of banter, I enjoy it. But the bigger picture is I am not here to enjoy it - I am here to be good at it, to be successful and to create a winning team."

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