Jamie Chandler spoke of his delight as he became part of the interim Spennymoor Town management team, following the departure of joint-managers, Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley.
Johnson and Morley left the Moors following a mixed start to the season, which included a dispiriting 2-0 defeat the hands of non-league Clitheroe in the FA Cup.
Despite that, Chandler has praised the former management team for their qualities, insisting that football changes too fast to hold the team’s start against them.
He told Moors TV: “That’s football. We could be standing here this time next week and it might look different again but like I said before, we had to digest that disappointment.
“Football, it turns around quickly. Obviously the next focus was ‘how do we get the boys prepared properly? What does training need to look like? What do they need to be the best they can on Saturday?'”
Having picked up his UEFA ‘A’ license earlier in the year, it is another fantastic progression for Chandler – who heads up Tyne Coast Trust’s football network, which includes the flagship Monkwearmouth Football Academy setup.
“It [UEFA license] was a stressful and long-term experience but it’s certainly something that I’ve always considered and always wanted to do.
“I love football, it’s my life,” Chandler added.
Coaching is not an area he takes for granted, and the opportunity is one Chandler will grasp with both hands.
“It’s a real passion of mine, it’s something I love doing. I love pulling that black and white shirt on and playing, but if it’s going to be from the sideline for the next couple of games or whatever, It’ll be 100 from me and it’ll be something I’ll relish and enjoy doing.”