Hyypia prepared for nervy first test as Albion manager

Sami Hyypia

Sami Hyypia

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Sami Hyypia used to get butterflies when he played for Liverpool.

He will be even more nervous when he takes charge of Albion in a competitive fixture for the first time at the Amex tomorrow.

Sheffield Wednesday's visit on the opening weekend of the Championship marks the proper start of the Hyypia era after the phoney war of friendlies.

The giant Finn is not entirely new to management, of course, following his spell at Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga.

But he admits the heart will be beating that little bit quicker, even than when he was preparing for big games at Anfield.

Hyypia told The Argus: "I was always nervous as a player. I think nervousness is good. At least it was for me.

"I got more out of myself when I was nervous. I was thinking at a later stage in my career that when the nervousness is gone then I will stop.

"I wouldn't care any more what was going to happen in the game if I wasn't nervous.

"That's a normal thing. With this profession I think, when you are on the other side (manager), I am more nervous because the influence I have during a game is a bit different.

"I don't have that much influence on the way the game is going. When I am a player on the pitch I can influence the game more than standing on the side.

"In that way maybe the nervousness now is a little bit more but I'm usually quite a calm person."

That calmness will be put to the test throughout the 90 minutes tomorrow unless Hyypia's side have the points in the bag.

"As a player the nervousness went when the referee whistled for the game to start," he said.

"But as a manager or coach I think it stays a little bit longer. It stays until we are in the 89th minute and we are leading 2-0. Then I can be calm!"

The clash against the Owls will be the first time the majority of Albion fans see Hyypia at work.

The crowd was around 7,000 for last week's only home friendly against Southampton but well over 20,000 will pack into the stadium tomorrow.

They are unlikely to witness a repeat of the scenes in the first ever competitive game at the Amex against Doncaster Rovers three years ago, when Gus Poyet was sent to the stands.

Hyypia insists his much quieter and less visible style in the technical area should not be mistaken for a lack of passion.

He said: "Every situation you will see this season and what you have seen already it's me, I can't be anybody else and I don't try to be anybody else.

"I have a lot of passion for the game. Sometimes people judge that you can't be passionate when sitting there calmly, what ever happens on the pitch.

"But I have a lot of passion in the game. I don't need to show that passion by jumping up and down for 90 minutes on the sidelines.

"That's how I am. When I see something on the pitch that I need to stand up and shout to the players about or give advice then I'll do it but I don't think you will see that a lot this season.

"Hopefully the players are doing the right things on the pitch so I don't need to stand up."

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1:20pm Fri 8 Aug 14

AlanDuffy says...

Despite all the disappointments and frustrations of the last few months, it all starts for real again tomorrow, so I will be in my seat giving the manager and players my full support and I'm sure they'll respond. Hope everyone gets behind them.
Despite all the disappointments and frustrations of the last few months, it all starts for real again tomorrow, so I will be in my seat giving the manager and players my full support and I'm sure they'll respond. Hope everyone gets behind them. AlanDuffy
  • Score: 36

1:21pm Fri 8 Aug 14

heathgate says...

Will be interested to see the line-up,...... I would imagine he is having kittens about the central m/f area, particularly who is going to be the m/f boss in support of the attacking players.
Will be interested to see the line-up,...... I would imagine he is having kittens about the central m/f area, particularly who is going to be the m/f boss in support of the attacking players. heathgate
  • Score: -7

1:27pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

'Hyypia insists his much quieter and less visible style in the technical area should not be mistaken for a lack of passion.
"I have a lot of passion for the game. Sometimes people judge that you can't be passionate when sitting there calmly, what ever happens on the pitch."'

Good luck with that, Sami. OG got slated for exactly the same lack of demonstrative muppetry :-)
'Hyypia insists his much quieter and less visible style in the technical area should not be mistaken for a lack of passion. "I have a lot of passion for the game. Sometimes people judge that you can't be passionate when sitting there calmly, what ever happens on the pitch."' Good luck with that, Sami. OG got slated for exactly the same lack of demonstrative muppetry :-) Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 18

1:31pm Fri 8 Aug 14

nkwbtn says...

I do hope he doesn't have to contend with so many injuries. Even last season we had a fairly decent playing squad but so many key players were in and out of the side that it disrupted any rhythm we might otherwise have enjoyed.

Fingers crossed for Sami and the boys to get off to a positive start!
I do hope he doesn't have to contend with so many injuries. Even last season we had a fairly decent playing squad but so many key players were in and out of the side that it disrupted any rhythm we might otherwise have enjoyed. Fingers crossed for Sami and the boys to get off to a positive start! nkwbtn
  • Score: 8

1:32pm Fri 8 Aug 14

VegasSeagull says...

heathgate wrote:
Will be interested to see the line-up,...... I would imagine he is having kittens about the central m/f area, particularly who is going to be the m/f boss in support of the attacking players.
I think that will be Crofts.
[quote][p][bold]heathgate[/bold] wrote: Will be interested to see the line-up,...... I would imagine he is having kittens about the central m/f area, particularly who is going to be the m/f boss in support of the attacking players.[/p][/quote]I think that will be Crofts. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 10

1:33pm Fri 8 Aug 14

pablobrowno says...

Well over 20,000 fans? Doesn't sound quite as good as "nearly 30,000". Appreciate still holiday time though!!

UTA! O Grady hatrick tomo?!!
Well over 20,000 fans? Doesn't sound quite as good as "nearly 30,000". Appreciate still holiday time though!! UTA! O Grady hatrick tomo?!! pablobrowno
  • Score: 12

2:25pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Eddy B says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
heathgate wrote:
Will be interested to see the line-up,...... I would imagine he is having kittens about the central m/f area, particularly who is going to be the m/f boss in support of the attacking players.
I think that will be Crofts.
I guess/hope Crofts and Ince, possibly March. Would like to see Toko, Augestein and Stephens but they all seem injured to differing extents.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]heathgate[/bold] wrote: Will be interested to see the line-up,...... I would imagine he is having kittens about the central m/f area, particularly who is going to be the m/f boss in support of the attacking players.[/p][/quote]I think that will be Crofts.[/p][/quote]I guess/hope Crofts and Ince, possibly March. Would like to see Toko, Augestein and Stephens but they all seem injured to differing extents. Eddy B
  • Score: 3

2:26pm Fri 8 Aug 14

WisdomSpeaks says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
'Hyypia insists his much quieter and less visible style in the technical area should not be mistaken for a lack of passion.
"I have a lot of passion for the game. Sometimes people judge that you can't be passionate when sitting there calmly, what ever happens on the pitch."'

Good luck with that, Sami. OG got slated for exactly the same lack of demonstrative muppetry :-)
Ex Pat, I love that term 'demonstrative muppetry' - nice one and I agree. I've never been taken in by those managers who yearn for the 'Sami, Sami (or whoever) give us a wave bull shine.

I remember one notable manager being asked at a Fans Forum why he didn't keep giving the fans a wave when they called for it. He calmly replied that he was paid to be the manager analyzing and focussing on the game in hand so that he could win games for them - not being a performing puppet, for effect only. I thought he was spot on.

Too many fans are in need of an ego stroking boost rather than focussing on the game in front of them.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: 'Hyypia insists his much quieter and less visible style in the technical area should not be mistaken for a lack of passion. "I have a lot of passion for the game. Sometimes people judge that you can't be passionate when sitting there calmly, what ever happens on the pitch."' Good luck with that, Sami. OG got slated for exactly the same lack of demonstrative muppetry :-)[/p][/quote]Ex Pat, I love that term 'demonstrative muppetry' - nice one and I agree. I've never been taken in by those managers who yearn for the 'Sami, Sami (or whoever) give us a wave bull shine. I remember one notable manager being asked at a Fans Forum why he didn't keep giving the fans a wave when they called for it. He calmly replied that he was paid to be the manager analyzing and focussing on the game in hand so that he could win games for them - not being a performing puppet, for effect only. I thought he was spot on. Too many fans are in need of an ego stroking boost rather than focussing on the game in front of them. WisdomSpeaks
  • Score: 9

2:31pm Fri 8 Aug 14

don't wanna do it like that says...

SH interview on match saturday PT1 11mins.
Is on seagullsplayer
SH interview on match saturday PT1 11mins. Is on seagullsplayer don't wanna do it like that
  • Score: 3

3:22pm Fri 8 Aug 14

SeagullOverSelsey says...

My selection for tomorrow:
Stockdale
Bruno Greer Hughes Calderon
Buckley Ince Crofts LuaLua
COG CMS
Subs.:
Ank Chicksen JFC Fenelon Agustien Dunk March
My selection for tomorrow: Stockdale Bruno Greer Hughes Calderon Buckley Ince Crofts LuaLua COG CMS Subs.: Ank Chicksen JFC Fenelon Agustien Dunk March SeagullOverSelsey
  • Score: 8

3:22pm Fri 8 Aug 14

don't wanna do it like that says...

Just come on the seagulls site an emag,and for this you do not have to be a subscriber to seagulls player, its a freebie
Just come on the seagulls site an emag,and for this you do not have to be a subscriber to seagulls player, its a freebie don't wanna do it like that
  • Score: 2

3:26pm Fri 8 Aug 14

markymark03 says...

Agree that the 'Sammy, Sammy, give us a wave' should be kept for before and after the game. Its innapropriate for us fans to distract the manager during the game.

I also agree that fans shouldn't be frowned upon if they don't make any noise in support for the team (East Stand). However it should be noted that the fans that do shout, holler, sing and jump and whatever else in the name of the team should be applauded. Its all about giving your team extra motivation and under a more attacking style which I'm led to belive we will adopt, I trulely feel that will help.

Under Oscars guidance we often sat on the ball, in our own half playing a tactical game of chess with very few oppurtunities. This was often tedious even though the results often went the right way. This boredom would spread around the stadium and many people would stop singing because there wasn't much to shout about. This sometimes happened after 15 minutes! I also think this is a reason many didn't bother to renew their season ticket. Who want to stand in the cold watching a passing game between the back five in their own half? Week after week we wanted Buckley and Lua Lua but got one or the other.

If Sami 'goes for it' more often and really has a go at the oposition then the noise will arrupt in the stadium and become another weapon in our arsenal. I remember watching Lua Lua play to the crowd against Reading in the League cup. All it took for him was to do some fancy foot work and signal to the crowd to get off their feet in appreciation. The atmosphere was better then, for those few minutes then I have ever experienced in any football game or concert. More flair, more excitement, more attack and we, collectively, players, manger, fans, everyone who backs the Albion will be a force to be reckoned with.

But if you wish to be quiet and watch the game thats fine by me, you might just find it a bit harder!
Agree that the 'Sammy, Sammy, give us a wave' should be kept for before and after the game. Its innapropriate for us fans to distract the manager during the game. I also agree that fans shouldn't be frowned upon if they don't make any noise in support for the team (East Stand). However it should be noted that the fans that do shout, holler, sing and jump and whatever else in the name of the team should be applauded. Its all about giving your team extra motivation and under a more attacking style which I'm led to belive we will adopt, I trulely feel that will help. Under Oscars guidance we often sat on the ball, in our own half playing a tactical game of chess with very few oppurtunities. This was often tedious even though the results often went the right way. This boredom would spread around the stadium and many people would stop singing because there wasn't much to shout about. This sometimes happened after 15 minutes! I also think this is a reason many didn't bother to renew their season ticket. Who want to stand in the cold watching a passing game between the back five in their own half? Week after week we wanted Buckley and Lua Lua but got one or the other. If Sami 'goes for it' more often and really has a go at the oposition then the noise will arrupt in the stadium and become another weapon in our arsenal. I remember watching Lua Lua play to the crowd against Reading in the League cup. All it took for him was to do some fancy foot work and signal to the crowd to get off their feet in appreciation. The atmosphere was better then, for those few minutes then I have ever experienced in any football game or concert. More flair, more excitement, more attack and we, collectively, players, manger, fans, everyone who backs the Albion will be a force to be reckoned with. But if you wish to be quiet and watch the game thats fine by me, you might just find it a bit harder! markymark03
  • Score: 11

3:54pm Fri 8 Aug 14

pjwilk says...

Just hope its Sami picking the team and whoever is not performing will get the hook.
Just hope its Sami picking the team and whoever is not performing will get the hook. pjwilk
  • Score: -8

3:58pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Liambhataylor19 says...

SeagullOverSelsey wrote:
My selection for tomorrow:
Stockdale
Bruno Greer Hughes Calderon
Buckley Ince Crofts LuaLua
COG CMS
Subs.:
Ank Chicksen JFC Fenelon Agustien Dunk March
I was thinking the same formation I hope it's the right one 3 1 Albion cms 2 ogrady 1 will be fine. Comon Albion play well then the crowd will be with you 100% even if you don't I still cheer you on
[quote][p][bold]SeagullOverSelsey[/bold] wrote: My selection for tomorrow: Stockdale Bruno Greer Hughes Calderon Buckley Ince Crofts LuaLua COG CMS Subs.: Ank Chicksen JFC Fenelon Agustien Dunk March[/p][/quote]I was thinking the same formation I hope it's the right one 3 1 Albion cms 2 ogrady 1 will be fine. Comon Albion play well then the crowd will be with you 100% even if you don't I still cheer you on Liambhataylor19
  • Score: 2

4:27pm Fri 8 Aug 14

oldsolariun says...

AlanDuffy wrote:
Despite all the disappointments and frustrations of the last few months, it all starts for real again tomorrow, so I will be in my seat giving the manager and players my full support and I'm sure they'll respond. Hope everyone gets behind them.
Well said Alan .
For all he moaners (they know who they are ) if you think things are that bad go and put a tenner on The Albion to be relgated , you can get 20/1 at Betfred .
[quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: Despite all the disappointments and frustrations of the last few months, it all starts for real again tomorrow, so I will be in my seat giving the manager and players my full support and I'm sure they'll respond. Hope everyone gets behind them.[/p][/quote]Well said Alan . For all he moaners (they know who they are ) if you think things are that bad go and put a tenner on The Albion to be relgated , you can get 20/1 at Betfred . oldsolariun
  • Score: 9

4:38pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

pjwilk wrote:
Just hope its Sami picking the team and whoever is not performing will get the hook.
Well, duh...
[quote][p][bold]pjwilk[/bold] wrote: Just hope its Sami picking the team and whoever is not performing will get the hook.[/p][/quote]Well, duh... Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 1

4:51pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Liambhataylor19 says...

According to sky sports we interested in billy sharp I be happy with that if we could get him.
According to sky sports we interested in billy sharp I be happy with that if we could get him. Liambhataylor19
  • Score: 0

5:01pm Fri 8 Aug 14

arc12 says...

Liambhataylor19 wrote:
SeagullOverSelsey wrote:
My selection for tomorrow:
Stockdale
Bruno Greer Hughes Calderon
Buckley Ince Crofts LuaLua
COG CMS
Subs.:
Ank Chicksen JFC Fenelon Agustien Dunk March
I was thinking the same formation I hope it's the right one 3 1 Albion cms 2 ogrady 1 will be fine. Comon Albion play well then the crowd will be with you 100% even if you don't I still cheer you on
Be surprised to be honest if he went with both CMS and O'Grady. Suspect O'Grady will start, and personally I would play Dunk instead of Hughes. otherwise that looks a very ageing defence.
[quote][p][bold]Liambhataylor19[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SeagullOverSelsey[/bold] wrote: My selection for tomorrow: Stockdale Bruno Greer Hughes Calderon Buckley Ince Crofts LuaLua COG CMS Subs.: Ank Chicksen JFC Fenelon Agustien Dunk March[/p][/quote]I was thinking the same formation I hope it's the right one 3 1 Albion cms 2 ogrady 1 will be fine. Comon Albion play well then the crowd will be with you 100% even if you don't I still cheer you on[/p][/quote]Be surprised to be honest if he went with both CMS and O'Grady. Suspect O'Grady will start, and personally I would play Dunk instead of Hughes. otherwise that looks a very ageing defence. arc12
  • Score: 4

5:02pm Fri 8 Aug 14

brightonfan34 says...

Liambhataylor19 wrote:
SeagullOverSelsey wrote:
My selection for tomorrow:
Stockdale
Bruno Greer Hughes Calderon
Buckley Ince Crofts LuaLua
COG CMS
Subs.:
Ank Chicksen JFC Fenelon Agustien Dunk March
I was thinking the same formation I hope it's the right one 3 1 Albion cms 2 ogrady 1 will be fine. Comon Albion play well then the crowd will be with you 100% even if you don't I still cheer you on
chicksen will start
[quote][p][bold]Liambhataylor19[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SeagullOverSelsey[/bold] wrote: My selection for tomorrow: Stockdale Bruno Greer Hughes Calderon Buckley Ince Crofts LuaLua COG CMS Subs.: Ank Chicksen JFC Fenelon Agustien Dunk March[/p][/quote]I was thinking the same formation I hope it's the right one 3 1 Albion cms 2 ogrady 1 will be fine. Comon Albion play well then the crowd will be with you 100% even if you don't I still cheer you on[/p][/quote]chicksen will start brightonfan34
  • Score: -1

5:04pm Fri 8 Aug 14

brightonfan34 says...

Liambhataylor19 wrote:
SeagullOverSelsey wrote:
My selection for tomorrow:
Stockdale
Bruno Greer Hughes Calderon
Buckley Ince Crofts LuaLua
COG CMS
Subs.:
Ank Chicksen JFC Fenelon Agustien Dunk March
I was thinking the same formation I hope it's the right one 3 1 Albion cms 2 ogrady 1 will be fine. Comon Albion play well then the crowd will be with you 100% even if you don't I still cheer you on
and also we wont play 4-4-2
[quote][p][bold]Liambhataylor19[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SeagullOverSelsey[/bold] wrote: My selection for tomorrow: Stockdale Bruno Greer Hughes Calderon Buckley Ince Crofts LuaLua COG CMS Subs.: Ank Chicksen JFC Fenelon Agustien Dunk March[/p][/quote]I was thinking the same formation I hope it's the right one 3 1 Albion cms 2 ogrady 1 will be fine. Comon Albion play well then the crowd will be with you 100% even if you don't I still cheer you on[/p][/quote]and also we wont play 4-4-2 brightonfan34
  • Score: 0

5:10pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Claude Back says...

SeagullOverSelsey wrote:
My selection for tomorrow:
Stockdale
Bruno Greer Hughes Calderon
Buckley Ince Crofts LuaLua
COG CMS
Subs.:
Ank Chicksen JFC Fenelon Agustien Dunk March
Good choice but I doubt he will play CMS and COG together. He hasn't shown any inclination to do so yet. Hope I am wrong though as we could win with them both starting. Not so sure we will if we play with only one striker.
[quote][p][bold]SeagullOverSelsey[/bold] wrote: My selection for tomorrow: Stockdale Bruno Greer Hughes Calderon Buckley Ince Crofts LuaLua COG CMS Subs.: Ank Chicksen JFC Fenelon Agustien Dunk March[/p][/quote]Good choice but I doubt he will play CMS and COG together. He hasn't shown any inclination to do so yet. Hope I am wrong though as we could win with them both starting. Not so sure we will if we play with only one striker. Claude Back
  • Score: 0

5:21pm Fri 8 Aug 14

PressBoxTeaBoy says...

Sami - Believe me, you will need to do some standing up, maybe a little jumping too, but definitely some shouting.

After a few games you'll get the hang of it and then you will need to start shouting at Bloom, Barber, and Burke - "where's that bloody striker you promised me" !!!!
Sami - Believe me, you will need to do some standing up, maybe a little jumping too, but definitely some shouting. After a few games you'll get the hang of it and then you will need to start shouting at Bloom, Barber, and Burke - "where's that bloody striker you promised me" !!!! PressBoxTeaBoy
  • Score: 11

5:29pm Fri 8 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

SUSSEXRAM PREDICTS ...

Albion 1 Sheff Wed 1

That's my prediction and I think most of us would be pretty happy with a safe start like that after a frustrating pre-season.
SUSSEXRAM PREDICTS ... Albion 1 Sheff Wed 1 That's my prediction and I think most of us would be pretty happy with a safe start like that after a frustrating pre-season. sussexram40
  • Score: -5

7:03pm Fri 8 Aug 14

fratsomrover says...

I hope Sammi gets off to a flyer and the stadium is full of song in support.
Did you know Sammi has his own song ? It was created by Willem II supporters when he was there and they would all sing it as one whenever his name was announced or when he scored.
It was very catchy and would fill the stadium.
So let's hear it for Sammi on Saturday. I'm sure it will bring back memories for him !!!!
I hope Sammi gets off to a flyer and the stadium is full of song in support. Did you know Sammi has his own song ? It was created by Willem II supporters when he was there and they would all sing it as one whenever his name was announced or when he scored. It was very catchy and would fill the stadium. So let's hear it for Sammi on Saturday. I'm sure it will bring back memories for him !!!! fratsomrover
  • Score: 2

7:08pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Mayfield sweeper says...

It's a shambles and a disgrace that we've hardly signed anyone, no attacking flair in the team, we need to hoof it high and long and hope someone tall enough gets their head on the end of it. This is why we should have signed Crouch. The other players need to be capable of booting a ball 50 feet in the air. Let's hope we can bomb Wednesday into submission and get a vital 3 points. If not then Bloom will have even more fierce questions to answer.
It's a shambles and a disgrace that we've hardly signed anyone, no attacking flair in the team, we need to hoof it high and long and hope someone tall enough gets their head on the end of it. This is why we should have signed Crouch. The other players need to be capable of booting a ball 50 feet in the air. Let's hope we can bomb Wednesday into submission and get a vital 3 points. If not then Bloom will have even more fierce questions to answer. Mayfield sweeper
  • Score: -14

7:43pm Fri 8 Aug 14

lenward says...

Last season it took three games to put three points on the board, so a draw will do me just fine tomorrow. The performance will be important, how the team is going gel. What I would like to see is CMS playing just behind COG, but I read that they have been playing LUA LUA in a more central roll, which leaves the wing play a bit light, and Buckley works better down the right.

So i'm thinking there will be a lot of experimental play going on tomorrow. Good luck to everyone tomorrow. UTA.
Last season it took three games to put three points on the board, so a draw will do me just fine tomorrow. The performance will be important, how the team is going gel. What I would like to see is CMS playing just behind COG, but I read that they have been playing LUA LUA in a more central roll, which leaves the wing play a bit light, and Buckley works better down the right. So i'm thinking there will be a lot of experimental play going on tomorrow. Good luck to everyone tomorrow. UTA. lenward
  • Score: 2

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