Wales New Boss: The First Interview

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Thursday August 14, 2014 at 3:37pm

We announced yesterday that Barry John has been appointed as the new Wales manager - here we catch up with him to talk through all things Wales.

Now you are the manager of the Wales Minifootball team tell us a little of your football background, both as a player and coach?
My football career started at Pencoed Youth FC, I then went on to play for their Adult team in the South Wales Amateur League (I have also played for Talbot Green, Llantrisant, Coychurch and Garw Welsh League side), however, due to work commitments I had to give up Saturday football. I was asked to join a few of my mates playing for a local Sunday league team. This was a very successful team winning the league on many occasions.

In 1996 I started up my work team and became the coach, secretary and kit man, this team continued to play for 10 years winning many titles over that time. I finished playing in 2006 to coach my son’s under 9 team, Brackla JFC.

Last season Brackla under 15’s won the league, beating the team that came runner up 5-0 in the last game of the season.

During my playing career I have represented Bridgend Schools, Mid Glamorgan District and both the Pontypridd and Bridgend League representative teams.

You must be very proud?
When I read the letter inviting me to become the National Team manager for Wales I was shocked, but also overwhelmed that I had been nominated to the UKMA, as a candidate to be the next Welsh Manager.

Representing your country is biggest accolade you can ask for, to be appointed as Manager for your country is right up there with playing for your country. This is a massive honour and one that I am very much looking forward to.

I will give 100% to ensure that the players are fully ready for the challenges that are ahead. We will go to Euro2014 with every hope and ambition of progressing from the group stages. Once in the knockout stages anything can happen and we must go there with aspirations of getting as far as we can.

What of your coaching style? What can the players expect from you?
My coaching style is tailored around the ball. All the drills and exercises will be with a football, there might be some conditions on the games that are played in training, eg, three touch football. All the training sessions are geared towards ensuring that the players are comfortable with the ball at their feet.

The players can expect to be coached the way I would like to play football. All the players will be comfortable with the ball at their feet so we keep the ball until there is opportunity to get a shot at goals. I will expect the players to be mobile on the field and always looking for space, as soon as we lose the ball I expect all the players to work as a team to win the ball back.

When we are in possession of the ball we will make the other team work hard to take it off us.

The games will be 40 minutes long (20 mins each half) so I intend to work the team hard on ensuring that we are fitter than our opponents.

And your playing style? What can we look out for?
My playing style is to play attacking football, you win games by scoring goals.

I will be coaching the players to move the ball quickly up to the striker who will hold the ball up for the 3 attacking players to support him, hopefully one of them will have a shot at goals.

If the move breaks down I expect the players to win the ball back quickly and we start to attack again, keeping the ball until the opportunity to take a shot at goals arises


And your aims for later on in the when the focus will naturally turn to miniEURO?
After the squad has been selected, I believe it will benefit them to train regularly so that they get used to playing together as a team. This will also allow the new management\coaching team to get to know the players.

We need to take every opportunity to ensure we have an advantage over the teams that are taking part in MiniEuro2014. I believe that it will benefit us to take part in team building sessions, eg, white water rafting, this will help us communicate as a group which will be massive help in the tournament.

The team building will also help the coaches find out about the players strengths’ and weaknesses and how these would benefit the group.

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