Next up on #Offthepost is Ciprian who has been manager at Hillingdon Borough FC since February 2019. Hillingdon Borough play at Step 6 in non league football and are based in Ruislip. Did you know that a young Yannick Bolasie played for them 13 years ago? As a local and young manager i decided to speak to Ciprian ahead of the 2019-2020 season about the club and his managerial career so far.
What made you want to become a manager?
I had a great time playing the game but when I manage I feel like this is what I was meant to do, make me feel alive. Especially when I see players playing for each other and delivering what I have asked them to do.
How have you developed over your time as a manager?
I started developing as a manager was when I was running a team with homeless people about 11 years ago. That helped me learn how to care and help players developing but the most important was how to manage players of different backgrounds keeping them together and work for each other even when you are losing. After that I have done my Level 1,2 and UEFA B licence in coaching.
What are the greatest challenges for a manager these days? Social media?
Making players commit when they have to look after their jobs and families.
What other leagues/countries football do you study to develop your coaching?
All my development as a manager was in the UK. Working for clubs like Wycombe Wanderers and Crystal Palace FC, have thought me a quick and strong physical way of playing, Adding to that I am combining both Spanish and German coaching and managing techniques. I like to play the Spanish way of keeping the ball on the ground and the togetherness which you find in German teams.
What has been your greatest moment as a manager?
I was managing a U15 team that was made out of players from 3 different teams.The boys only wanted to play football. Me and a friend decided to run the team 1st season we have finished 2nd in the league and managers from the other 3 teams were coming to take players from our team. Seeing the players so happy and developing so fast it’s what makes me keep going as a manager.
What has been the lowest moment?
What do you think the biggest issues are affecting non-league football these days?
Money……sadly it’s down to that. So many clubs are trying to raise money to run their clubs and the higher you go the more you need. Finding sponsors it’s so hard these days.The FA must do something very soon.We have less and less players to the top these days.
Who is the best player you have played with or coached?
Adrian Pit ex As Roma player.
Do you think the FA should subside the cost of coaching badges?
I think The FA should make coaching badges more affordable to coaches who want to learn and get rid of the ridiculous criteria to apply. Ex: For UEFA A you can only apply if you work with in a pro club which I think is outrageous.