Our second in the Manchester Peeps series. An interview with Muhammad Rahman Mabs (Mahboob), a coach at Manchester United Foundation and Finance Assistant at the Manchester Metropolitan University. He was our coach too!

You’re the man at the FA?

I’m not sure I’m the man at the FA but one of thousands of FA qualified coaches across the country. I currently hold the FA level 2 coaching badge and have been coaching a variety of community clubs for over 10 years, including working for Manchester United Foundation. Wow it’s just struck me it’s been 10 years, only seems like the other day. In the course of time, I would like to progress in my coaching career and undertake the UEFA B licence and work with academies within the premier league. At the moment in my spare time, I’m studying a diploma in Sports Nutrition which I’m thoroughly enjoying and hope to tie this in along with my coaching. I’m going to implement the knowledge I learn on myself first and foremost with the view of providing advice to individuals, groups and communities in the future. Saying goodbye to takeaways isn’t going to be an easy task!

Interested in the England job?

Would seem like an ideal job whereby I’d sign a contract, get sacked soon after and walk away with a healthy pay pack! No room for complaints there. Although sharing the opinion of many others I reckon I’d do a better job than Steve McClaren and I certainly wouldn’t be standing under an umbrella during a crucial European match.

The harassment from the media is enough to scare me away! As a private man, there’s no room for privacy with this high profile job. Imagine the headline; England manager caught grabbing a take away again!

Most people would rather sleep in on a Sunday morning? Why did you get involved with football and coaching?

Football has always been a huge part of my life growing up and continues to do so. The golden years of Manchester United’s success under Sir Alex Ferguson, the introduction of the new Premier League alongside live coverage of matches on Sky Sports came at time whilst I was growing up as a young boy which further fuelled my passion for the sport. Many youngsters would dream of being a footballer but I was the odd one as I’ve always had a desire to coach and manage players/ team, it was the best excuse to use when you’re not the best of players,

The golden years of Manchester United’s success under Sir Alex Ferguson, the introduction of the new Premier League alongside live coverage of matches on Sky Sports came at time whilst I was growing up as a young boy which further fuelled my passion for the sport. Many youngsters would dream of being a footballer but I was the odd one as I’ve always had a desire to coach and manage players/ team, it was the best excuse to use when you’re not the best of players, Mourinho can vouch for that, maybe we share something in common…ummh maybe not! Endless hours of playing championship manager at university made me believe that I was the next best thing…if only that was true I’d be a legend now. I recognised my desire to be a coach from early in my teenage years. Such was my passion for coaching/managing at the young age of 12; I was involved in what was similar to what we now have as championship manager but back then it was done by mail and you had to pay for the membership. At around 15 or 16 of age, I started managing a group of friends only a few years younger than me during friendly matches. On completion of my university degree, I managed a team by the name of Oldham Greenhill for two years which led me to set up my own team in 2006; this is when Rusholme United was formed.

 

Rusholme United in the FA Cup?

Now that would be some story.

The FA Cup is about dreams so how befitting would it be if the dream became a reality and we witnessed Rusholme participating in the FA Cup one day. Sporting Bengal down in London are a great example of this, within 8 years they’ve gone through the ranks of playing Sunday league football to becoming semi-professionals and playing in the FA Cup.Rusholme United has been established since 2006 with the vision

Rusholme United has been established since 2006 with the vision to promote football for all in the community. They play in the Cheshire and Manchester Sunday Football League and last season were promoted to Division 1. We currently have young talented players some of whom have had trials and played for Manchester City, Wigan, Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn.

 

How do we get the next generation in to the premier league?

For someone who is deeply passionate about the sport it is sad to see a lack of players from ethnic backgrounds not make it through to the highest level. I’ve come across many talented individuals and no doubt the talent is there across the country. I believe we are a lot closer to having that first world class professional player from an ethic background. To become a professional playing in the premier league not only requires exceptional talent from a young age but also a lot of sacrifice, hard work and being dedicated to the sport. This not only applies to the individual but also to parents who need to provide on going support in every aspect.

Parents from the first generation (like my parents) never really warmed to football and never saw it as a career. They wanted their children to work in a profession that was non sports related and in sectors such as legal, finance, engineering etc. I believe the younger parents of our generation are a lot open minded; more socially attuned to the culture of this country and will provide the encouragement and support needed to help their child progress into their chosen career whether that’s being a footballer or not.

Adil Nabil (West Bromich Albion) is a good example who praises his dad as being his role model and someone who sacrificed a lot for his son to become who he is today, he states “When I was just eight we played away at Wrexham in the hail and I looked to my right and my dad was the only parent stood there”. Nabil also says about his dad “He was a community worker but as my brothers and I got more serious about football he wanted a job where he could pick his hours so he became a private hire driver”. Outside of Amir Khan received from his father.

 

Favourite football coach and team and why?

I admire many modern football coaches and the different styles ofplay you associate them with from the likes of Jose Mourinho’s, Carlos Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klop.

My favourite coach and I’m trying not to be biased is the legend, Sir Alex Ferguson. A working class man and a hard working disciplined individual. The amount of success he brought to the club under his management, overtaking Liverpool’s number of league titles is unbelievable. More impressive is the continued success over a 26 year period, producing title winning teams, playing attractive football, adapting to changes and evolving in football throughout the years, for example the introduction of player agents and managing the growth and expectations of Manchester United.

My favourite team….take a wild guess? Manchester United.