A 26 year old football fanatic from the town of Bournemouth. A 19 year old craze with Football Manager has led me to many victories, is what I would have said if I was any good at the game.
Manchester United. Now, I know what everyone will be thinking… Glory Hunter. It is often a misconception. I’ve supported Manchester United since I can remember, I was probably about 4 or 5 years old. The main reason for supporting Manchester United was the class of 92 players in particular David Beckham. To say I am disappointed with United presently is an understatement, but what can we expect when Sir Alex Ferguson created a successful philosophy which saw Manchester United dominate England & Europe for over 25 years. However, that United doesn’t exist anymore and it will take a lot of time getting used too but through the rough times (I realise there not actually rough times) I will always support them.
Paul Scholes has to be my favourite ever player and not just because he played for Manchester United his whole career, but he is such a model professional in the way that he presents himself on and off the pitch. Tackling was obviously not a strong point on his behalf, but my god could he pass the ball; oh and what a strike that guy had on him. One of my favourite moments was his screaming volley Vs Aston Villa. Giggs takes the corner, ball gets headed out and BANG; Scholes smashed it in the top left of the goal, keeper no chance.
David Beckham was my absolute idol as a youngster. The way he played football just made it look so easy and comfortable. David Beckham’s work off the pitch too, creating a legacy for himself and his family securing their future is always something I’ll admire. Unfortunately, Beckham couldn’t be the one club player I always wanted him to be.
I have played football all of my life, but never been spectacular at it. Every boy has a dream of becoming a professional footballer and that was no different for me. It was that dream that led me to 2 sets of unsuccessful trials at AFC Bournemouth & Weymouth FC. I have played at many different clubs throughout my short career, albeit mostly at sunday league level I did play for a couple of Sussex County teams in Ferring FC & Upper Beeding (only for a short while).
As stated I was never gifted at playing football, but that only meant one thing for me. Football Coaching! If I couldn’t be a football player I was going to damn make sure I was good at coaching. My previous jobs in the football industry proves just that. Derby County FC, Macclesfield Town FC, Buxton FC, AFC Bournemouth, Crawley Town FC as well as a few other separate academies are just some of a long list of clubs/academies I have coached for. I currently have an FA level 2 coaching badge, FA youth module 3, fitness coaching and not forgetting my 2:1 at Derby University in Sports Coaching & Sports Development.
I’m an old fashioned tactics kind of guy, 4-4-2 is the most favoured formation. In terms of how I like my teams to play it is a mixture between the 1999 Manchester United team and Barcelona. My teams would keep a high percentage of possession, but would attack with strength, speed, flair and integrity.
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