A love of football and coaching were the driving forces in Micky Adams’ decision to take up a coaching role within the youth setup at ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League club Harborough Town.
The former Fulham and Leicester City manager was named as a coach for the Bees’ Under 18s last week and will help them prepare for the new season.
The move is quite a coup for the step nine club, with Adams offering both Premier League playing and coaching experience.
For the man himself, the role offers an opportunity to continue his passion for coaching and “give something back” to the game that he has been involved in since making his debut as a player for Gillingham in 1979.
He said “I live in Market Harborough and sometimes me and my son go to watch them play.
“Basically I am around the place and they were looking for someone to help them with their coaching of the Under 18s on a midweek.
“I am very, very busy with my football consultancy role but I am available to help them and to do a bit of coaching to help develop their under 18s side.
“This role is not paid, my passion is coaching. I want to work to make players better and sometimes it works, sometimes to doesn’t.
“The thing that never leaves you is your love of the game.
“That means you want to give some back and I want to do that as much as I can for as long as I can”
The role will dovetail with Adams other roles working with the Premier League and with an agency.
Recently he has also visited Australia and America on coaching trips.
The last stop in his managerial career came with League of Ireland club Sligo Rovers.
After taking over the role with Rovers in August 2015, Adams led the club away from the relegation zone before returning to England after three months.
The former Southampton full back admitted that he would listen to any managerial offers, but conceded that they would have to be “the right job at the right time”.
“You never say never but I would always listen to an offer. I have always listened to offers in the past, no matter where they come from.
“But I have a lot going on at the moment, including a book that is coming out about my life.
“That is due to come out in the next couple of months.
“But if I was to return to management, it would have to be the right job at the right time and at the moment that job hasn’t come up”
Adams was keen to stress that he is not interested in the managerial role with Harborough Town and paid tribute to the “fantastic job” current Bees boss Nick Pollard is doing.
“I have to get this straight, I am not after the manager’s job at Harborough Town here.
“Nik Pollard is doing a fantastic job at the club and deserves a lot of credit for what he is doing there.
“What I want do is help by helping young players improve and progress into the first team.
“And I will take great joy in seeing players develop because that is what I love about the job”
Interview: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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