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Hall Steps Up

1 September 2014

Richard becomes assistant manager.

Richard Hall will be joining new boss Tony Humes as part of the club's new first team management set-up.

Richard, who has previously been working with the club's U21s, will become assistant manager alongside Tony as of Monday, ahead of this weekend's game against Walsall.

The former Ipswich, West Ham and Southampton central defender has been a key link between the youth team and the first team over the past couple of years.

Speaking in Saturday's match programme about his views on young footballers, he said: "You spend a lot of good times and a lot of harsh times with the boys.

"We have a duty of care to our boys and have the trust in you that they can speak to you at any time.
"I like a high tempo, upbeat training sessions. I like players to enjoy my sessions. I try to be an encourager. I try to make them as enjoyable as I possibly can. A coach is as good as his sessions.
"I prefer coaching attackers. I don't know why. I enjoy the more attacking side of the game, and I have probably found my niche. John McGreal, on the other hand, prefers taking defenders."
Richard sees glaring differences between the players he grew up with 30 years ago, and those that are now taking their first steps in the game. 

"Young players are now completely different from when I started out," he said.

"I see the difference in society. By mothering and fathering kids too much we don’t help them. We take all their decisions and responsibilities away from them. All of a sudden you ask them to go out of their way to do a little bit more and some of them struggle to do it.

"I notice the difference in players as they come into the system. I think it is important that they gain experience and grow up and a lot of kids haven't experienced that until they come to us. It gets more noticeable every year. They don't have the same self-drive, and they haven't had the experience of dealing with problems’
"A coach has to get the best out of them but 'the fear of failure has gone.'

"Every day is a school day, for myself and the players. I listen to anybody as long as they know what they are talking about because there might be one tiny thing that I can pick up that I can use or analyse. I am always looking for things to surprise me, but it rarely happens."

Last season the Cup Final win at Bradford City was the icing on the cake as far as Richard is concerned. 
"Under 21 players in the first team," is the target, plain and simple. 

Seeing his side win their League, local cup and a national cup was wonderful for everyone concerned but Richard has his eyes on a different prize. His measure of success is very simple.

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