Self-isolation in Scottish football is in the news once more as most of Celtic’s coaching staff – including manager Neil Lennon – are currently self-isolating.
One prominent manager who went through that process earlier this season is Dundee United manager Micky Mellon. He was forced to self-isolate after a Covid-19 outbreak at the Tannadice club.
It is not a situation that he wants to repeat anytime soon.
“New to me”
“It was new to me and I hope that I don’t have to go through it again” he said.
One interesting aspect that Mellon discussed was how much influence he had on the games whilst the team was playing. Of course, he was stick in the house and was limited in what he could do. That made him realise that the influence he would have whilst self-isolating was limited.
“You are watching games and there are 30-second delays on (match) feeds, it is a nightmare. You are very, very detached from it” Mellon explained.
“Big thing I learned”
“I made the decision that I couldn’t really affect it and pretty much stayed away from it to let the people who could affect things get on with it. That is the big thing I learned because you can’t really impact or influence things” he concluded.
Thankfully for Mellon, he has not had to self-isolate again so far this season. Judging by his comments, it is not an experience that he will want to repeat. However, it would be no surprise if other managers in Scottish football were forced to self-isolate before the end of the season. Such is the bizarre nature of football at the moment.