Dennis Greene admits that nothing can replace the thrill of playing football - but believes that management is the ‘next best thing’.
The Boston United boss enjoyed promotion and FA Trophy success as a player with Wycombe Wanderers.
But while he has also guided St Neots to back-to-back promotions from the dug-out, he still has that typical striker’s mentality.
“I was a forward. If we lost 2-1 and I scored I was ok about it,” Greene told The Standard in a frank interview.
“I just got the hump if I didn’t score, but as manager you take the whole brunt of it.
“It’s great when you’re winning. but if the players perform badly I get the blame.
“So you just take the flak for everything as a manger.”
However, carying the can doesn’t bother the Boston boss and he accepts it as part and parcel of life as a manager.
Greene believes those lows only make the highs better in the game, even if the emotions are different after swapping the boots for the suit.
“If you score a winning goal it feels good,” Greene added.
“It doesn’t feel as good as a manger, you don’t get that feeling.
“But it’s the next best thing.
“I love football, and this is the best thing after playing.”
Greene will be wanting to create that winning feeling again on Saturday as United travel to face Guiseley.
Goals from Marc Newsham (two) and Carl Piergianni saw Boston defeat the Lions 3-0 in September.
However, the Pilgrims have lost three and drawn one of their past four trips to Nethermoor, their last victory there being a 2-1 success in August 2008.