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Dutch challenge sparked Robbo’s love for coaching

Mark Robinson talks about the importance of his jobs outside football

3 March 2021

During an extensive interview with Iain McNay, Mark Robinson talked passionately about football, including how his coaching career started with a kickabout in Regents Park!

For those that missed Iain's extensive intensive with Robbo, it's well worth taking time to watch it. In the interview Robbo recalled getting back into football when he was working in the music industry for the Performing Rights Society.

"I used to say to my wife that I wanted to coach and I was doing little bits at youth clubs," said Robbo. "The PRS used to play a game of football against their Dutch counterparts, but I had never played in any of the games because of my injuries. Every year they used to get smashed because the Dutch were playing their total football. I got to the stage of being able to have kickabouts in Regents Park and some of the lads said ‘we are playing them again in five or six weeks, could you put some training sessions on?’ I asked them how the Dutch team normally played, so we did a press and worked on communication. We went over there and we won. I remember the elation from the lads and we went for a meal with the Dutch lads afterwards. They said ‘you were a different side this year’. I thought, ‘I can do this, I’ve got something in me, I need to do this’. It was tough because I had a really well paid job and two young children, but I just had this desire to coach."

Click on the link below to watch Robbo's full interview with Iain.

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