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Interview with Rob Bird

Frome will likely look back on the last week or so as a bit of a scuff on an otherwise fairly stellar campaign, a commanding 2-0 lead against Thatcham on December 21st stolen away by the referee due to a waterlogged pitch, followed by a difficult 4-1 defeat to Melksham. This week we spoke to Assistant Manager James Moon about all things Frome and football.

“Overall the boys have been fantastic this season, we have a tight group of 18 who have all bought into our expectations on and off the pitch. Their commitment has been excellent, although there is always room for improvement and we as management will ensure the boys don’t become complacent and continue to become better players”.

As a whole, Frome’s domestic campaign this year is stark in contrast to that of last season. James gave us some insight into the methods behind Frome’s dramatic up rise.

“The mentality in the group is so much stronger than last year, we have a team who want to train, work hard and improve. In all this has made everything go smoother, the boys want to do things the right way and enjoy being a part of what we as a club want to achieve.

“But it’s still one game at a time, after the disappointment of last season it would be great to bounce straight back with promotion, but we should be realistic too. I think the play-offs are a possibility but we’re not getting carried away.

After learning about how Danny Greaves got into coaching in an earlier programme feature, it was equally interesting to unearth the journey Moon has undertaken to be in his current position today.

“I’ve always been interested in coaching, I felt I didn’t fulfil my potential as a player but am hopeful I will as a coach”.

“I studied sport and exercise science with coaching at University and since then have gone onto obtain my UEFA B licence and also become a qualified teacher which led me into my current teaching job at Bath College.”

My personal aspirations are to keep learning and improving, eventually I’d love to work full time as a football coach”.

Most crucial in the making of a good coach though, is the backing of a good philosophy. Moon allowed us a peak into the way he prepares Frome’s players for matchdays.

“My philosophy differs depending on the oppositions strengths and weaknesses. Yes, we have a structure and like to play with variety to keep our opponents guessing, but ultimately I believe if there is a strong team willingness to figure out your opposition and a positive attitude and mentality, you will win more games than you lose.

One team that certainly would win more games than they would lose though is Moon’s ‘dream 5-a-side team’, which features some pretty exceptional talent, namely: GK: Schmeichel, CB: Ferdinand, RM: Best, LM: Ronaldinho and ST: Gascoigne.

Regardless of footballing ability though, a coach is essential to any individual or team that are to be successful. Moon represents a man whose drive and passion for football and Frome is evident, and with his tactical and management know-how alongside that of Danny Greaves’, who knows what Frome are capable of achieving in the future.

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