CRADLEY Town boss Sean Geddes admits he hated training as a player.
But he is loving every minute of it as a manager, whether it is taking sessions, planning them, or plotting tactics to try and win matches.
Geddes is a fairly fledgling manager, although he has been at Cradley for two years over two interrupted seasons and before that neighbours Black Country Rangers. He is also only 29 - 'Younger than the rest' as he laughingly says about his fellow bosses in Division One.
But hard work is not a problem now if it ever was. Not only has Geddes toiled to bring in 12 new players into his Cradley squad, he and the rest of the club are going to have to get used to a new league after spending their recent history since 2010 in the West Midlands Premier.
He said: "One thing we have identified is that fitness is going to be key in this division and we have brought in some youngsters who have come through the Kidderminster academy .
"Alongside them thee likes of Mitch Tomlinson who has been at Quorn and Joe Burroughs who is young, but has been at Tividale and they will bring in some experience which is important.
"I have loved being a manager so far - I enjoy the tactical and planning side of things in particular though it all takes a lot of time and I sometimes think I see the players or speak to them and (assistants) Dean Whitehouse and Craig Love more than the family.
"That's being a manager for you, it is full on and very different
The diminutive former midfielder had a celebrated playing career including starting as a trainee at Manchester United alongside Danny Welbeck, three years at Walsall, helping Stourbridge and Worcester to FA Cup glory and becoming a worldwide sensation at the latter.
In 2014-15 his 'Rabona' goal v Barrow in the FA Trophy went viral, being viewed over 2m times worldwide and featuring on various TV shows including Soccer AM. It was awarded the Non League Paper goal of the season and was runner up in the Sky Sports viewers Goal of the Year 2014 behind Aaron Ramsey but ahead of Wayne Rooney.
He became a City legend with this and his two goals against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena in the FA Cup first round and an equaliser in the second round replay against Scunthorpe United. It earned him the 2016 Worcester sports personality of the year award
An anterior cruciate ligament injury effectively ended his playing career at an early age and he now finds himself on the other side of the tracks, recruit and train players and plan the 2021-22 campaign from a manager's point of view, starting at Paget tomorrow.
How does the Eufa B qualified coach thinl the campaign will go in the new division for Cradley? "We are looking for a top half finish and I am confident of that.
" We don't have a budget as some of the other clubs probably do but we have a great team spirit. I have been around the game for quite a long time and teams are not always together as well as they should be ideally, there are sometimes cliques to deal with but not here
"I have guaranteed Trevor the chairman it won't be a relegation battle and I think as a club and a unit we are all looking forward to visiting some new grounds, playing some new teams and hopefully winning quite a few games."
Below: (L) Sean Geddes celebrating at Coventry with Worcester and (R) In serious managerial pose.
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