To celebrate the launch of Football Coaches Australia and XVenture’s recently announced international partnership with Global Institute of Sport, FCA’s ‘Football Coaching Life’ series this week features Gary Cole conversing with Celtic FC Assistant Coach and Socceroo great Harry Kewell.
Often cited as the greatest footballer Australia has ever produced, Kewell triumphantly earned several trophies and individual accolades across stints with Leeds United, Liverpool, Galatasaray, and in the A-Leagues where he crossed the divide between rivals Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart. Furthermore, Kewell was a recipient of the Order of Australia Medal in 2016 in acknowledgement of his achievements in football.
Speaking with fellow Socceroo legend Gary Cole on ‘The Football Coaching Life’ podcast, Kewell spoke on his transition from playing to coaching and his beginnings as Watford’s Under-23s coach where he described his role.
“It wasn’t about me producing a way to play football, it was about me progressing my players into the first team,” he said.
Following successive stints as manager of Crawley Town, Notts County, Oldham Athletic and Barnet across England’s Football League Two and National League, Kewell has arrived as an assistant coach to Ange Postecoglou at Celtic.
Kewell discussed the importance of having an original identity as a coach, his journey in the world of football, and his pure love for coaching.
“I absolutely love coaching more than I played… it’s one of the best feelings in the world. That you have coached your football team to cross the white line, and you have taught them ideas throughout the whole week, and they have gone out there and executed them perfect, and they have got their reward…YES! YES!”
‘The Football Coaching Life’ with Harry Kewell can be listened to here.
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