George Marsh : AFC Liverpool Reserve Team Manager Interview

Last week the AFC Liverpool board met with the new reserve team manager George Marsh to discuss his vision for the new season. George then met with the clubs media team and was kind enough to answer a few questions.

Could you tell us a little bit about your coaching background George and what drew you to AFC Liverpool?

My background in football has been extremely varied. Most recently I’ve been helping to set up and develop football academies in the USA. I’m a level 2 football coach and have managed youth and adult teams across the North West over the last 20 years. I also have experience coaching women’s football, including Liverpool and Woolton Ladies.

I was drawn to AFC Liverpool because it’s a great club built on the idea that people should be able to afford to come and watch good exciting football. Part of my job will be to bring through the next generation of AFC players and to give talent from the area a chance to show what they can do and be a part of the club.

AFC Liverpool fielded reserve and U19 teams in various leagues and cup competitions until 2016. How does it feel to rebuild this part of the club?

I’m extremely excited to develop the reserve team and to bring young players through. I feel that I’ve learnt so much during my time in football and I’m really keen to pass my knowledge and experience on. I’m hoping the passion I have for the game will be picked up on by my players and they will be encouraged to enjoy their football.

The reserves will be playing in the Liverpool County Premier League this year. What are your ambitions for the coming season?

I’m ambitious so the aim is to always try and win the league. Broader ambitions are to find some very talented young players and really challenge them in what is an established league with some good teams. It’s all about trying things with the players in training, learning and developing together and always looking to improve.

Trials and open training take place next week. How important will they be for what you want to achieve this season?

I see them being very important for a couple of reasons. The trials provide us with an opportunity to view a range of talent we otherwise wouldn’t have been able to see. Some of these will be young people involved with the University of Liverpool. Also, AFC Liverpool has commitments to create strong community links and we are hoping our relationship with the University will grow as a result and we can hold such events again in the future.

Chris Stammers has highlighted the high energy, attacking philosophy he hopes to implement for the first team. How will you set up your team to play?

Firstly, I’m extremely excited to be working alongside Chris Stammers for the coming season. Chris and I agree very much on how we feel football should be played. I was always a fan of those 70’s and 80’s Liverpool sides and my style comes from that, to be on the front foot and to play attacking football. I’m going to look for individuals with certain attributes for my side. Attackers with pace who can dribble and physical defenders strong in the tackle will be a priority for the style I want to implement.

George Marsh, Chris Stirrup (Chairman) and Chris Stammers

From everyone at AFC Liverpool we welcome George to the club and thank him for taking the time to speak to us. We can’t wait to see the development of the reserve and youth teams next season.

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