This is third piece I am writing, which will look at how the first half of the season has gone and looking towards the second half.
The season started in a very strange way for myself and the players, as the manager of the men’s team handed in his resignation. This news was difficult for everyone involved to deal with as it was unexpected and everything we had done in pre-season was now in the balance, depending on the new manager’s approach.
Obviously with the season starting a new manager needed to be appointed quickly. In came Icelandic coach, Gunnlaugur (Gulli) Jónsson, who had played to a good standard (over 200 games in Icelandic football as well as 9 games in European competitions, 12 national team caps and a fair few youth international appearances) and was previously managing in the Icelandic premier league.
This presented a new challenge to me, where the manager, other first team staff and 99% of the players in the squad were Icelandic, which meant all sessions/meetings etc. were done in their native tongue. So my understanding of Icelandic had to improve quickly and I feel that I have done well so far.
Also working with a different coach has given me an insight into how someone else works, prepares and delivers their message to players, which can help me in the long run, in being adaptable and having different ideas or solutions moving forwards with my coaching journey.
After 11 games, we are currently in 5th place with 16 points, 5 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses, coming off the back of a 4-1 home victory, against one of the favourites to be promoted. Obviously we feel we could be higher in the league table and this is something we will strive for in the second half of the season.
With the women’s team we have enjoyed a successful first half of the season, after 9 games we are currently 3rd in the league, with 6 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss and have manged to keep 5 clean sheets, which is very pleasing. Before the season started we was predicted to finish 5th, so hopefully we can continue to exceed expectations in the second half of the season.
On a personal note, looking forward to see what the second half of the season brings, with my main aim being; to provide an experience which allows the goalkeepers to achieve/work towards their goals. Finding time to complete my UEFA A GK logbook and final assessment/project and also at the time of writing this, I have just attended my 101st live game of 2018 (18/07/18) which has been a combination of coaching, scouting and for leisure.
For anyone who is interested in my journey so far or has specific questions about the working abroad, my role, the country or working full time in football, I’m more than happy to answer questions @Jamie1Brass