The working week can involve variety of things which is one of the reasons that makes the job so interesting. Working in radio, there is quite a bit of time spent editing different bits of audio but a day can involve reading sports bulletins, conducting an interview or going to a press conference.
Often 'pressers' in football, especially at the higher end of the Premier League, can be quite soulless affairs with very little to come out of them, with access to managers and players very restricted. At Sale it couldn't be more different. You request who you would like to speak to the week before, which for Radio Manchester is usually the head coach and a player, and you always get whoever you want. Dave Swanton couldn't be more helpful at the Sharks' Carrington training base and you always get as much time as you need. You then feed the audio back in at MediaCityUK and the content from the interviews will be used throughout the week in the sport bulletins and also a two minute piece is usually played out in the drive time show on Andy Crane.
Building up to a matchday on the station, audio is played throughout the day, predominantly in the breakfast and drive time programs and then Manchester Sports is on from 6 until 10pm on a Friday night. I usually spend between six and eight hours sat down on my laptop alongside stat sheets, old programs and the internet to research my crib sheet which I use during commentary. I always like to have the ages of all the players, their nationalities and the amount of points or tries they've scored this season. Then alongside their names I like to have an interesting line or stat, for example Tony Buckley's custom made sized 16 boots, or how far away Mark Cueto is from finally over taking Steve Hanley's try record! Alongside me every week is the former Sale player and Premiership referee Nigel Yates who always has a keener eye than mine on the breakdown and scrum, and gives expert analysis as to what the referee is trying to do as we talk our way through 80 minutes.
You can listen to every home and select away Sale Sharks Premiership games on BBC Radio Manchester on 95.1FM and DAB and always online at bbc.co.uk/radiomanchester by clicking on the sport commentaries link. You can listen to commentary of every Premiership game on the BBC Sport website. You can follow me on twitter at @NathMiddleton.
The next Sale Sharks home game is against Worcester Warriors on Friday 28th December, kick off 8pm. Buy your tickets online using the Sale Sharks ticketing website.