I am going back to Soccer management

1st ever adults team :D

1st ever adults team 😀

Well the cat is out the bag so to speak, weeks of talking and thinking and speaking to players and talking about money and parks to play and train on, we finally decided last night I am going back to manage in Soccer

I have been away 2 season almost due to the pain, but in my mind I am thinking, I am going to be in pain anyway, so we have talked about it, I will have a staff of 5 lads and a playing squad of 18, perhaps including my own son, we worked together as Manager/Player before winning many trophies and creating many memories, so this appeals to me

But it is not about me and my son; it is about me and my team. I know the team I am taking over, they are relocating 30 miles so I can take over and be manager, they were out of town, so we need to change the name, but all that will happen in due course

To say I am excited is an understatement. I have some amazing memories from the previous 15 seasons, working with kids as young as 8 to adults as old as 38, I did kids, development (Teenagers) and Adults and also East of Scotland (A high level) But then the pain came and I had to stop

So I got back in with all these memories and experience and hope I can just enjoy it. I am a winner, I am a hungry manager, I want trophies, I want to be the best, I will demand my players want to be the best, so I will pick 18 lads who want it as much as I do, and we will see what happens. I have 11 qualifications as a football man, but in total honesty, although I legally need them, I don’t really need them, they courses I went through taught me little, you learn from being on the touchline at games, you learn through making mistakes, you learn that being a weak manager gets you nowhere, you have to be tough and brave, and most of all have a voice, and I have this.

My mind is still mine, my body hurts, so I will need to surround myself with good coaches and secretaries and more. But I will do this, I almost already have,  I called all my old staff and within seconds “YES” was the answer, we enjoy working together, so bring it on

I want to enjoy this as long as I can do it; I want more memories, good memories, like the pictures below. The harder you work, the more ruthless you become, me and the players, the more chance you have of winning trophies. Winning games are easy; winning trophies is not, to win trophies you have to be the best team over the course of a 10 month season

I won’t post this on Face book just yet for my family and friends to see, it is almost still a secret, as we want to come back and surprise the other teams, just appear as we used to be a few years ago when I game the side up. We were called Gorgie Hearts, just a name, the name is unimportant when you are a manager, the cause is greater, the reasons are greater and the desire means more, so we will have a new name, but go with the same beliefs and actions as we did before

I couldn’t be happier; I just hope I can do myself justice to the club, the team and the players

Some memories from my 15 years  below

My first ever team 13 years or so ago now, all these kid are 19/20 years old now, but this is where it begun

My first ever team 13 years or so ago now, all these kid are 19/20 years old now, but this is where it begun

Again my first team, I had them WANTING to win at this age, but enjoyment was everything

Again my first team, I had them WANTING to win at this age, but enjoyment was everything

Me with former Celtic and Scotland international player Stevie Fulton as I progressed with my qualifications in football

Me with former Celtic and Scotland international player Stevie Fulton as I progressed with my qualifications in football

As I progressed through the ranks, I got a national Scottish coaching nomination, again, a moment!

As I progressed through the ranks, I got a national Scottish coaching nomination, again, a moment!

I took this group of kids to a Double winning season, capped off with a final at the home of a Professional football team, a REAL stadium, about 4,000 were there on the day

I took this group of kids to a Double winning season, capped off with a final at the home of a Professional football team, a REAL stadium, about 4,000 were there on the day

Me relaxed and ready to fire my players up in the Stadium an hour before kick off

Me relaxed and ready to fire my players up in the Stadium an hour before kick off

Allowing these kids to sample the big time was important, so we arrived early and let them tour the stadium

Allowing these kids to sample the big time was important, so we arrived early and let them tour the stadium

A picture from the daily paper from the game

A picture from the daily paper from the game, I was managing in a stadium, again, what a memory

Players after the game receiving their awards, and also our league winning Trophy

Players after the game receiving their awards, and also our league winning Trophy

Words from the Match sponsor and myself, I am there in the middle picture somewhere, crowd behind us

Words from the Match sponsor and myself, I am there in the middle picture somewhere, crowd behind us

The day we won the league title. Brilliant day. My oldest Daughter was born two days before this

The day we won the league title. Brilliant day. My oldest Daughter was born two days before this

My Partner had never missed a game, she couldn't make this one with the baby, this is my son, he scored 3 as we won 4-0 to win the league, his mum said

My Partner had never missed a game, she couldn’t make this one with the baby, this is my son, he scored 3 as we won 4-0 to win the league, his mum said “Do it for your Sister” And he delivered. A personal moment for me and my family this

The winning penalty to get us to our 2nd Final, a superb memory for me and the kid and his parents

The winning penalty to get us to our 2nd Final, a superb memory for me and the kid and his parents

Cup winners with the Adult side I owned and ran and managed

Cup winners with the Adult side I owned and ran and managed

League winners the week after winning the cup, the

League winners the week after winning the cup, the “Double” was ours

More media exposure for my boys

More media exposure for my boys

If I can create just 50% of these memories when I go back, then I will be happy. Above are just a few memories, I have tons more, but when I say I am a winner, to be a winner, you need winners around you, people that won’t fold when things get tough. people who will keep their head when all around are losing theirs, I still have a lot to learn as a Soccer manager, so I intend to do just that

Shaun

65 comments on “I am going back to Soccer management

  1. Good for you! What you said “I am going to be in pain anyway” is pretty much the phrase that gets me to do so much of what I do because, well, its the truth. I am in pain if I sit at home and rest or if I don’t so might as well do what needs done! Much of the time anyway, sometimes the rest is necessary.

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    • Sorry for late reply, yeah this is my thinking. Pain either way. I refuse, at this age, to give up. I may pay for it when I am older, but I will cross that bridge if and when it happens. Thank you

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      • “JUST” had this chat with my Dad! lol
        He said this “When you are older, 30 years from now, they might have better cures and medication, so do the football”
        Wisdom I like. My Dad is a wise man, you are also wise.
        Well said, and thank you. 🙂
        Shaun

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  2. I’m AMAZED at the commitment and dedication you have for these kids and the game! You’re my new hero. I can’t tell you how excited I am at the thought of your going back to the sport and coaching! I’m also fascinated by all the articles that were written about you and your team! Wow. I wish you could be as proud of yourself as I am of you!

    Pain aint nothing but a thing, Shaun, and YOU’RE NOT the kind of person who will curl up and die because of even a LOT of pain. It’s NOT going to get you and I’d lay all my money on that. You’ll figure out the best way for you to deal with this pain and you’ll come out on top and be the person you were born to be. You already are, as far as I’m concerned. I say this knowing FOR SURE that pain can be dealt with and that you don’t have to live your life in the fog of pain. You’re already dealing with this I know.

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    • Thanks a lot 🙂
      I have a new pal for life here I think.. All good lol

      Yeah I am a winner, It was taught to me by a man called Kevin who’s partner died yesterday. This is the bond Kevin and I have, he taught me how to be a Manager of men. How to act properly. And I done all my 11 qualifications myself (Paid for by clubs I was working at with kids) But I have worked with Adults more in my 15 years since I had to stop playing.

      Can’t want to get back. Exited oh yes.
      Nervous. Never 🙂

      Thank you, you really are something. Your husband is a very lucky man if you don’t mind me saying so x

      Shaun

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      • HAHA! I’ll tell Hubby you said so! lmbo I think he’s lucky 😉 He may have a different story! hahah

        Your friend who’s wife just died. Wow. He’s more than a friend, but a mentor as well. You need to keep him around always 🙂

        I’m VERY excited for you as well. I know someone like you won’t be nervous. We’re, you and I aren’t made that way. We embrace the challenge and look forward to adversary. lol We know we’ll win, anyway 😉

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      • Hell Yeah 😉
        We are on the same page.

        You can take the person out of the house.
        You can’t take the house out of the person

        A VERY wise man reminds me of this a lot x

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