If you know me well you will be aware that towards the end of last season I left my role as a Coach at Camelon Juniors.
Once I had decided to leave, and a few people became aware, I was very fortunate to receive a few offers for 2018/2019 season.
Some came in the shape of allowing me to continue as a coach or assistant.
One offer came in the shape of become the head of a management team at Whitburn Juniors linking up with Karl and Euan who were already in place at the club.
A few weeks past allowing me to do two things.
Firstly enjoy the break. I am sure a number of you that are involved in running teams understand that as much as you love the rhythm of football there is always a part of you that looks forward to the break at the end of a season.
Secondly it allowed me to take the time to look at my options and come up with what I felt was the best option for everyone involved.
Truth be told I had kinda said to myself I will wait until I was at least 35 before becoming a manger again.
Not sure where that had come from but it was something in my head.
My first short stint at management was when I took charge of University of Stirling East of Scotland side, .
A bit of unfortunate timing as work at Little Kerse just starting to take shape and not quite sure what my body was capable of doing having just donated a kidney to my brother 6 months prior it’s safe to say that period of my life is a bit of a blur.
Looking back at it, I made my biggest mistake early on. With an assistant lined up that got drafted to play for the first team. I never got a replacement in quick enough to share the workload or even act as a sounding board.
Lessons learned for sure.
This being said maybe 35 was to give myself a few more years to ease into calling the shots again...
maybe get a few more qualifications...
Maybe grow the network...
Maybe get an assistant..
All of the above is just barriers I have been constructing that would allow me to stay inside my comfort zone of just calling myself a coach.
Already 10 weeks into the role and the lessons I have learned are invaluable both on and off the pitch.
That's everything from the club,players,sponsors,management team and even my own self talk in my head.
Some suitable to share and others (for obvious reasons) are best kept private but I am certainly better as a Manager,coach and person because of this experience already.