The Big Assistant Manager Interview

Another first in my role as Chief Writer at AmmyFitbaNews- I have never conducted an Interview with any Assistant Manager in Scottish Amateur Football – and what a cracker I have today, Huge thanks to SEAN COBAIN, who is at Tollcross Thistle AFC (LEAFA).

WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME and POSITION AT TOLLCROSS THISTLE?

“Sean Cobain. Assistant Manager.”

WHAT IS YOUR FOOTBALL BACKGROUND PRE- TOLLCROSS?

“Played a lot when younger in the Dundee Youth Leagues, but stopped enjoying it after I left school. Tried to get back into it when I was 24, but picked up a couple of bad injuries. Started coaching at Hutchie Vale and loved it. Did it for a few years coaching a team from u12s to u15s. Moved away from Edinburgh and started coaching one of the top amateur sides in Fife, Pittenweem, where I stayed for a couple of years.”

“I spent some time in America coaching before moving back to Edinburgh and getting involved with Tollcross.”

TELL US WHAT A WEEK OF INVOLVEMENT WOULD BE LIKE BEFORE COVID-19.

“We train every Thursday, so normally i will start planning my training session on a Wednesday night. I don’t firm up my training session until after work on Thursday. The Thursday training is for an hour then as soon as training finishes, it’s time to start planning the squad for Saturday. Friday, we let the guys know who’s in the squad. Saturday Morning. I plan the Warm Ups for the game, as well as thinking about the key messages I want to get across before Kick-Off.”

HOW HAVE YOU ADAPTED AS A COACH DURING THE PANDEMIC?

“I’ve found you need to be a lot more organised, need to make sure all my training sessions are planned out to adhere to social distances, and keeping the players safe.”

WHAT IS THE BEST PRANK OR WIND-UP YOU HAVE SEEN HAPPEN IN FOOTBALL?

“Normally the old ones are still best – telling new players it’s shirt and ties on Match Days, when the rest of the squad is in Team Tracksuits – always goes down well.”

CAN YOU GIVE OUR READERS AN INSIGHT INTO MANAGEMENT STYLE OF ALAN McKAY?

“Alan loves his football and dedicates so much time to make sure Tollcross are the best team possible. He is an approachable manager, likes the players to be able to come to him with suggestions on how we can improve. He has a short temper on the sidelines. I spend most of the time telling him to calm down.”

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