2 minutes with... MICK DUXBURY
Former Manchester United and England player Mick Duxbury is the director of coaching at the Manchester United Soccer School in Hong Kong, which begins its second season on October 3. Mick, who has played fullback, sweeper and midfield, played 376 times for Manchester United and won 10 caps for England.
What do you teach the kids besides soccer? What is the first thing you want them to learn?
The first thing I teach them is for them to enjoy themselves. It is not just football lessons that we are teaching them, but also lessons in life. We hope they will make new friends, gain confidence and self esteem.
How long have you been coaching and what have you learned as a coach that you never did as a player?
I've been coaching since 1996 and I've learned so much that I never did as a player. I'm still learning.
What are the differences in Manchester United and in football in general now compared to when you played?
Well, Manchester United now have a lot more trophies. There really aren't that many differences because basically footballers are footballers. There have been many changes in the turf, in the technology of the sport since I played, all for the better.
What was your most memorable moment as a player?
The debut I made against Manchester City. It was a long time ago but I remember it was at Old Trafford.
How about as a coach?
There are so many memorable moments; the high fives we do at the end of each session, for example. I get very emotional after spending 20 weeks with the kids, because we don't know if they'll come back next year or if we'll see them again.
What do you miss from your playing days?
Nothing. Life goes on, after all, and I always try to look forward.
Are there differences in coaching in different places? For example coaching kids from Hong Kong compared to those from England?
There are some cultural differences but they're not really that big. Children are children regardless of where they are from.