EUROPE’S Ryder Cup comeback has provided new Bury manager Kevin Blackwell with the perfect inspiration for his first Gigg Lane team talk.
The 53-year-old Shakers boss takes charge of his first match on home turf against Swindon today with Bury rooted to the foot of League One.
Yet, with only nine matches of the season gone, he is confident they can play their way out of trouble and has drawn comparisons with the challenge facing Jose Maria Olazabal’s team.
Europe won 10½ of the final 14 points to clinch victory in Chicago – bridging the biggest ever gap of any team that has won the Ryder Cup on foreign soil.
“I said to the lads ‘I think this week we’ve seen one of the greatest ever comebacks, so you better start believing in yourselves’,” said Blackwell.
“They were needing snookers near enough, and yet they showed real tenacity, belief, organisation and, when it came down to it, grit and determination.
“Surely, those characteristics are the ones that we are looking for and, from what I’ve seen so far, I think we’ve got them.”