The Big Interviews – End Of Year Review – Colin McEachnie (Greenock HSFPs AFC)

Chief Writer Tom Scott has been busy over the Festive Break planning schedules and speaking with officials at various clubs – including those who have not previously featured @Scottish Amateur Football News.

GREENOCK HSFP AFC come into that category, and since Boxing Day Tom has revealed how much the Spark of Genius Central Scottish Premier Division team appreciate the support of their local sponsors.

Today, the spotlight turns to the playing side of the game in his BIG INTERVIEWS Series after he spoke at length with Colin McEachnie.

WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME AND POSITION AT GREENOCK HSFP AFC?

“Colin McEachnie – Main position is Amateur Head Coach. I also assist Chris(McAllister) with the day -to- day running of the club.”

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN IN MANAGEMENT?

“I’ve been in management for around 15 years. I started with the Fun Fours at Broomhil Boys Club, taking them to Under 16s before moving to Under 21s at GHSFP. I’ve been fortunate to have had successful squads in each season with good boys to go with it, which is more important.”

WHAT WAS YOUR PLAYING BACKGROUND BEFORE STEPPING UP INTO MANAGEMENT?

“I played at amateur level with a variety of local clubs as a Goalkeeper before moving to Full – Back due to injury. I retired at 28 due to injury.”

WHEN YOU WERE PLAYING, WAS THERE ANY PERSON/ PEOPLE YOU TOOK IDEAS FROM AND SUBSEQUENTLY USED, OR HAVE YOU PUT NEW FRESH IDEAS INTO THE AMATEUR SQUAD?

“I have taken some ideas from previous Managers in how I treat and speak with players. I played for a number of years under one Manager from 21s to Amateur, who was a great Man- Manager.”

“I like to think I use my own techniques in training.”

WHAT HAS BEEN THE BEST / WORST EXCUSE YOU HAVE HEARD FROM A PLAYER MISSING EITHER A TRAINING SESSION OR GAME?

“I had a player who couldn’t make training because he ‘broke his banjo. I don’t think that will ever be topped.”

HAVE YOU HAD TO MAKE MANY CHANGES IN PREPARING TRAINING/ ANY FRIENDLIES ( WHEN THAT WAS POSSIBLE), AND NAME A PRIORITY MOVING FORWARD IN 2021?

“Due to restrictions, which we have had to adhere to, we have had to make lots of changes in how we operate at training and friendlies. For training, the majority of the time we have been back since March has been non -contact, meaning small groups of players. I’m fortunate to have a large coaching team of 7, who have all played and are excellent behind the scenes, which has allowed us to maintain the standards in small groups. Match Days are also different in that we purchased all new shorts and socks to allow each player to come ready for games. Due to numbers, we have required to limit squad numbers also , which I do not agree with , as we want it to be an inclusive club rather than tell people not to come.”

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