BBC Radio Scotland: The psychology of revenge

Lovely to be invited to speak woth Fiona Stalker o BBC Radio Scotland again

The Long-Term Effects of RevengeEven though the first few moments feel rewarding in the brain, psychological scientists have found that instead of quenching hostility, revenge prolongs the unpleasantness of the original offence. Instead of delivering justice, revenge often creates only a cycle of retaliation.

Steve Bruce and eight other managers who joined rival clubs, including Brian Clough

Newcastle have found their replacement for Rafael Benitez after confirming the appointment of Steve Bruce as their new manager. Hiring Bruce has not gone down well among the Toon Army, despite him being a Geordie, with some fans labelling it ‘unambitious’ by the club. And some Newcastle fans will no doubt remember that Bruce used to manage their North East rivals Sunderland from 2009-11. Bruce also managed rival clubs in Birmingham too – having managed Birmingham City from 2001-07 before going to Aston Villa in 2016. However, Bruce is not the only person to have managed one team before going on to manage a rival club in the future.

Below are EIGHT other managers who have done the same as Bruce

Sam Allardyce (Newcastle and Sunderland – Bolton and Blackburn)

Bruce is not the only manager to have been in charge of Newcastle and Sunderland either but he and Sam Allardyce differ because the latter was at Newcastle before going to Sunderland.Allardyce was made Magpies boss in May 2007 but was sacked in January 2008 after a bad run of results. He then went to rivals Sunderland in October 2015 and managed to help the Black Cats stay in the Premier League that season.Big Sam told talkSPORT he turned down the chance to manage Newcastle for a second time before they got Bruce in.But Allardyce has also coached rival teams in Lancashire too, having gone to Blackburn a year and a half after he resigned from Bolton in April 2007, where he made his name in management.

Sam Allardyce vows to stay at Sunderland longer than he did at Newcastle

Owen Coyle (Burnley, Bolton and Blackburn)

But one manager who has been in charge of THREE different Lancashire clubs is Owen Coyle.=The Scot was at Burnley first and got them promoted to the Premier League in the 2008/09 season before leaving the Clarets halfway through the following campaign for Bolton.Coyle was then relieved of his duties at Wanderers in October 2012, five months after they were relegated from the top flight He then became Blackburn manager in June 2016 but lasted just 37 games at Ewood Park.

Coyle’s managerial career went downhill after leaving Burnley

Brian Clough (Derby County and Nottingham Forest)

He’s viewed as one of the greatest managers of all time, but there’s no getting away from the fact that Brian Clough was in charge of rivals Derby and Nottingham Forest for long periods. Clough was with the Rams between 1967-73 and got them promoted to the top flight before guiding them to the First Division title in the 1971/72 season. Brief spells at Leeds United and Brighton was followed by a move to Forest for Clough in 1975 and he won the First Division with them in 1977/78. Clough also won two European Cups (1979, 1980) with Forest too. He worked wonders at both Derby and Forest which is why he’s looked back on so fondly by both sets of supporters.

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Sven-Goran Eriksson (Roma and Lazio)

The former England manager has been everywhere and he was even linked with the Scotland job before Steve Clarke was appointed. But Sven-Goran Eriksson managed two clubs from one of the fiercest rivalries in world football, having managed Roma before joining Lazio years later.nThe Swede left Roma in 1987 before going to their bitter rivals a decade later. He then left Lazio for England in 2001.

George Graham (Arsenal and Tottenham)

After having his nine-year spell as Arsenal boss abruptly ended, George Graham ended up managing their north London rivals Tottenham three years later in 1998. Graham was sacked as Gunners boss in February 1995 after it emerged he received over £400,000 in bungs from the transfers that took John Jensen and Pal Lydersen to the club in 1992. He had a spell at Leeds before getting the Spurs job but Graham was removed from his post in 2001 for an alleged breach of contract.

George Graham – Three League Cups, Two First Divisions, One FA Cup

Alex McLeish (Birmingham and Aston Villa)

After failing to keep Birmingham in the Premier League during the 2010/11 season, Alex McLeish did the unthinkable of joining local rivals Aston Villa weeks after the end of the campaign. He actually joined the Villans five days after quitting his post at St Andrew’s but McLeish’s time at Villa Park was short lived with his contract being terminated in May 2012 after they finished just two points above the relegation zone in the 2011/12 campaign.

McLeish won the League Cup with Birmingham in February 2011 before going to Villa that summer

Harry Redknapp (Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Southampton)

Veteran boss Harry Redknapp got his first managerial gig with Bournemouth in 1983 with the club struggling in the Third Division. After success there, ‘Arry continued to build his name in management and took Portsmouth up to the Premier League in 2002/03 but joined their south coast rivals Southampton in December 2004 after resigning from his post at Fratton Park weeks earlier. He even received death threats for the move but after failing to keep Saints in the top flight in 2004/05, ‘Arry completed a sensational U-turn and re-joined Portsmouth before going to Tottenham in October 2008.

Redknapp has managed three sides on the south coast

Danny Wilson (Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United)

Having played for Sheffield Wednesday, Danny Wilson took over the managerial hotseat in 1998.He started well having helped Wednesday achieve a 12th-placed finish in 1998/99 but was sacked in March 2000 and the club were then relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 1999/00 season.Wilson then went to Wednesday’s rivals Sheffield United in 2011 but lasted just two years at Bramall Lane. Blades fans never took to the former Wednesday player and manager and failure to get the club promoted to the Championship and a poor run of form led to his departure.

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Jim Goodwin: ‘One bad week’ cost me Aberdeen job, new Dundee United manager says

New Dundee United manager Jim Goodwin believes it was “one horrendously bad week” that cost him his job at Scottish Premiership rivals Aberdeen in January. The 41-year-old Irishman is expecting a “hot reception” from both sets of fans when the sides meet Tannadice on Saturday. Goodwin reveals he had the chance to talk to “another club” that was looking for a manager last month. But the Tannadice job “was too big an offer for me to turn down”.

“I have been given the opportunity here to make amends – that’s how I look at it,” Goodwin says.

“I back myself. It is a fantastic opportunity for me having left Aberdeen – a big club in the Scottish Premier League – four or five weeks later to be offered the opportunity to manage another big club in the Scottish Premier League.” Goodwin’s time at Pittodrie lasted 11 months and he pointed out that, going into the World Cup break, his side were third in the league and had reached the League Cup semi-finals, but he “found it very hard” to lift the players after two narrow defeats by Celtic and Rangers he believes were “the turning point”.

“We had a really poor performance at Tynecastle, to be heavily defeated there, the Darvel game of course was a real cup upset and shock to everybody and then following it up with the heavy defeat at Easter Road, it was inevitable what the outcome was going to be,” he suggests.

Goodwin rejects the suggestion that he “lost the dressing-room” at Pittodrie as there were “a lot players phoning the chairman pleading my case in that last week”. He takes over from the departed Liam Fox with United sitting bottom of the table but insists he has “inherited a very good squad”. “I think everybody on the outside looking in are scratching their heads wondering how this group of players are in the position they are in,” Goodwin says. “It is up to me to try to restore some belief in them and to try to get a tune out of them in the next 12 games.” United have only initially given Goodwin the job for 12 games until the end of the season. “It is a situation we are both very happy with,” he insists. “It’s impossible for the club to be offering any long-term contracts to players or managers at this particular moment in time. It is a gamble worth taking.” Goodwin says he “had no inkling of the job until maybe 48 hours ago”. “I had another opportunity two or three weeks ago to enter into discussions with another club and I opted not to do that one,” he adds. “But, with this particular situation and this group of players, I believe that we can turn it around and that’s why I’m here.”

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