Bored at work so decided to create this as it'll be useful firstly for myself (I always find whenever I write something down, i'm justifying it to myself that I'd the write decision!) and also for anyone that cares about my progress (I know a few have via PMs etc). So, it's no secret that i'm interested in becoming a football manager or coach (would prefer a job as a manager/assistant manager ideally), i've done my FA level 2 and looking at taking a few more specialised (mostly youth and goalkeeping badges) courses before I move on to my UEFA B. So far experience wise, I haven't done too much so far. Langley Eagles Around April last year I joined a newly formed Saturday league grassroots team as coach and assistant manager (they had 2 managers which was a bit bizarre), I ended up leaving around October time for a variety of different reasons. One of the managers then told me that he was also leaving and was setting up a team of his own and would like me to come and help him establish a squad and to be their coach. I agreed, so since January i've been taking training for them, we're called Langley Eagles and will be going in to the East Berkshire Football League Division 3 (http://eastberkshirefootballleague.pitchero.com/match-info/tables - still last seasons tables up at present). We train on Tuesdays and play on Saturdays. So far we've had 4 friendlies: a division 2 team (with some players from their premier league team playing) which we lost 5-3, a division 1 team in which we lost 4-0, a team (not in our league structure) that hasn't been beaten for 2 years also beat us 4-0, a division 1 (i think) team which we lost 4-3. Obviously not fantastic that we've lost every game we've played so far, but we've opted for a hard pre-season to really test ourselves, the way we've been playing makes me think that we're not going to get many wins during pre-season, but we'll certainly get plenty of wins when the season kicks off, and as far as i'm concerned, that's all that matters. Morale doesn't seem to have been affected and everyone's still upbeat. A strong team. Hendon Athletic The other team i'm involved with is Hendon Athletic. I've only been with them for 3 weeks so far, taking 3 training sessions and having 2 games. I'll be one of 2 coaches, and will be manager of this team. I let the other coach choose the team for the first game as I still didn't really know the players, having only been to 2 training sessions at the time, we had lots of players out, and only had 11 players, including myself (who hasn't played a full 90 for a few years). We ended up losing 4-0, with 2 of the goals my fault. Oops :sign15: Our second friendly was on Sunday, in which I was in charge for the first time, and we smashed a team in the division above us 7-2, with some very encouraging and easy to watch play. We'll be going into the Middlesex County Sunday League (http://football.mitoo.co/LeagueTab.cfm?TblName=Matches&DivisionID=18141&LeagueCode=MDXS2015). I believe last season they were in the London football league but have decided to join a new league structure, they've reached a few cup finals in the last few years i've been told. We train on Thursdays with a game on Sunday (so yes, 4 of my 7 days per week are football related :]]) I will be taking Hendon a lot more seriously than Langley, so much so that i'll essentially be doing a "dry run" for what I will be doing if I ever take it a step further. I will be recording each game we play, in which i'll analyse both us and our opposition for the return game, I will be using a somewhat primitive but still useful statistics based system for a game by game (as well as seasonal view) data view of what happened in each game. The Future I have a rough plan for my future, and it goes something like this: 2015: Try and sign myself up for either goalkeeping level 2, or youth module 1 and carry on with both teams 2016: Get myself signed up on youth modules 1/2, and goalkeeping level 2 (whichever hasn't been done), continue with both teams, maybe get a part-time job on Wednesday evenings coaching if possible. 2017: Get myself signed up on UEFA B + Youth Module 3, too far in the future to determine which teams i'll be with. Will still want to be managing a team though. 2018: Aim for a job as manager/assistant in non-league or coaching in an academy Whilst all the above is happening, i'll be continuing to hone my skills and philosophy by doing my match analysis that i've been doing for a few months, writing my Mr Integrity-esque dossier to hand over at a future interview, building my football video library of managers whose philosophy's either interest me or i'd like to emulate parts of, keeping an eye on tactical analysis on certain websites and generally staying knowledgeable about football as much as humanly possible. I'll be posting notes, videos and all sorts of **** in here, but feel free to post as well with anything you feel like really. Cheers for reading if you made it all the way to the end!