Amersham Town-James Hall

Next up at Off the Post is the new Amersham Town manager James Hall. Amersham play in the Spartan League Division 1 and this is Jame’s first interview as manager at Amersham so we asked him about joining the club and so much more.

You have been appointed manager of Amersham who are currently 3rd from bottom, how do you plan to change this when the league returns?

By giving this extremely talented squad belief in themselves, direction and emphasising the importance of togetherness and ultimately learning how to win again.

What attracted you to the role at Amersham?

The club is a sleeping giant in terms of non league level and should be a lot higher, they have been in the lower levels for the last 6/7years so it’s a huge project with a blank canvas and lots of potential with a Chairman to match.

What are the team’s targets for the rest of the season?

To get as high up the league as we can which will hold us in good stead ready for next season.

Has the chairman set your targets for the medium and long term?

He has and they are reasonable and extremely achievable.

What is your style of coaching and managing?Risk and Reward, I like to put myself in the mind of the fans sitting/standing there, ultimately they want to be excited, so it’s down to my team to excite, take risks and play a free flowing fluid game not long ball which I find boring and an easy way out.

What is your previous history in the game?My career was cut short at 17 through three ankle breaks and that was that, I started coaching at 24, started right at the bottom sunday league assistant manager, then went reserves route, went into reserve management too early, then really started to pave my coaching path at Sun Sports under Tim O’Sullivan who I owe alot to in what he has and still teaches me now.

What can fans expect from your side in terms of performance and style? Excitement, bravery, risk, passion and a never say die attitude.

Who do you think will be the hardest team to take on in the division?That’s an extremely difficult question to answer as this division is extremely strong and every game will be a test.

Will there be any changes to the playing squad now you have been appointed?Everyone will be given the platform to impress and stake a claim in the side, it’s a clean slate, there are new players coming in to freshen up the squad so places are at a premium.

What manager that you played under has been the biggest inspiration when you became one?To be honest there isn’t one, I knew I couldn’t carry on playing so my now wife pushed me into coaching at the time.

What club do you support?Chelsea

Best moment as a player?

Scoring in a cup final at Borehamwood FC, was 2-0 down at HT and won 6-2

Best moment as a manager?

League and cup double with Watford Dev Ladies in my first season as a fully fledged manager.

How did you develop your coaching during lockdown?

I am currently doing a Masters in high performance coaching so I was studying during lockdown, I also passed a PFSA opposition analyst level 2 course and did an aspiring Uefa A course with the FA and in January I am beginning to learn Spanish.

What manager/coach do you admire?

Arrigo Sachi- Amazing manager, tactician, man management skills were secondary to none and he never played professionally, like myself he was a student of the game.

Do you watch any other sports for coaching inspiration?Yes I watch NBA, NFL, NHL, Rugby and Hockey.

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