Geno Auriemma's 108-game winning run an example to Premier League managers who ignore their players' behaviour

Geno Auriemma an example to Premier League managers who refuse to scrutinise their players' behaviour
University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma Credit: Getty Images

You wonder how long Geno Auriemma would last were he to take a job in the Premier League. It is not that the man with a potent claim to be America’s most successful current sports coach does not have the pedigree: he has been in charge of the UConn Huskies, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team, throughout a winning streak of 108 games. The last time he tasted defeat was 854 days ago. No wonder he is paid more than $2 million a year.

The issue, however, is his post-match press conference demeanour.

Unlike the doyens of the Premier League, Auriemma is a stranger to passive aggressive point-scoring. He has no truck with whinges about fixture congestion or moans about the referee. He has yet to compare a reporter to an ostrich. He prefers instead to be thoughtful, philosophical, treating questions with respect rather than disdain.

His latest blast of rationality came last weekend...


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