Ollie's 10 in 10 Diary: Jose Mourinho's sacking and a brush with the paranormal

Ian Holloway gets a welcome from the Birmingham city staff Christmas party as he arrives for their 10 in 10 fixture on Friday afternoon.
Image: Ian Holloway was given a welcome from the Birmingham City staff Christmas party

We got the news through at Wolves yesterday on Sky Sports that Jose Mourinho had been sacked at Chelsea: football has stooped to a new low.

As a manager, you want to see people go through the good and bad times. Mourinho hasn't been allowed to do that. It's deprived us football fans a chance to see if he could have come through it.

It's a crying shame. We would have never had Sir Alex Ferguson's career if he had been sacked during those first four years. He was given time to build, re-build, and build again.

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Highlights of Leeds' 3-2 win over Wolves in the Sky Bet Championship

Football is in grave danger of becoming an absolute farce if people aren't given time to manage their club. You're only ever six games away from the sack. How mad is that?!

We've had a bit of everything on this adventure, but you can now throw paranormal experiences into the mix. We were parked up at Birmingham's ground this morning, following our journey from Wolves, trying to get some kip, and there was a strange banging at the window.

St Andrews is ready for Friday night's 10 in 10 fixture with Cardiff City.
Image: St Andrews is ready for Friday night's 10 in 10 fixture with Cardiff City

Our driver, Larry, was asleep, as was Lewis, our digital media man. I got up and went to check it out and no one was there. The car park was completely empty. I'm now convinced there's a ghost following me around at Birmingham City FC as I felt a strange chill when I was showering in the referee's room this morning. Spooky!

After using the facilities, which were like heaven, we nipped back to the bus and were greeted by Colin from the club, who welcomed me with a Christmas jumper and some goodies to add to my collection. I've now got an Xmas jumper from Wolves and Birmingham. No pressure Brighton or Walsall! They've got bells on too, so people can hear me coming wherever I go now. You've heard of 'cat women', I'm now 'cat man'.

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Ian Holloway in the drivers seat of the 10 in 10 bus, complete with a Christmas knit.
Image: Ian Holloway in the driver's seat of the 10 in 10 bus, complete with a Christmas knit

Birmingham have been very welcoming. It was their staff Christmas party in the afternoon and about 30 people, plus the lads from the media team, came down to have a tour of our bus. Although Mrs H wasn't happy as they burst in while she was doing her hair and make-up! She looked like a rabbit in the headlights. That's me back in the dog-house.

A part of this job that takes some getting used to is the make-up situation on set - I got some wolf-whistles from the Brighton fans at QPR on Tuesday when I was having make-up applied just before we went on air. They were chanting "she's just too good for you". It was good banter in fairness.

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As Birmingham prepare for their Championship clash with Cardiff during Sky Sports' 10 in 10, watch their best five goals of the season so far

But yesterday at Wolves just before we went live, Jayne, who does the make-up, grabbed by head and some pliers before yanking out a massive hair that was right in the uni-brow area. It was like an antenna. Ouchie! I wasn't expecting it but that's perfection for you - it's how Sky Sports works. Nothing is left to chance.

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As Cardiff prepare for their Championship clash with Birmingham during Sky Sports' 10 in 10, watch their best five goals of the season so far

I now feel part of the team at Sky Sports as I was still a bit of a newbie before. It feels great. I loved that team ethic when I was a footballer. It's a bit different as a manager as you can become quite isolated. Everyone, from the riggers that set up the whole equipment and the caterers to the production team and my compatriots in the studio - it's wonderful how the product comes together, it looks so silky smooth. Shall we all do it again tonight? Go on then!

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