Lions raised a few eyebrows this weekend as former Premier League star Mikele Leigertwood was announced as the new Sunday team coach.
Mikele took time out from his coaching course to talk to us about why he is cutting his teeth at Rowley Lane.
‘I am now retired from playing, but have clear ambitions to stay in the game and the next step for me is in coaching. A friend of mine, Sam Sloma, who played for Lions told me there was a role being advertised and it seems to be a good fit’.
Obviously, Mikele’s goal is to work way above the level of Sunday football and Lions’ Hertfordshire County status, but he believes working with our boys is a good grounding: ‘I started my playing career at grass roots, so it makes sense to do the same now I am working on my coaching career; I wasn’t aware until now that Chris Ramsey also started at this club and he has managed in the Premier League, so that’s a good sign. I definitely want to coach at the very top level’.
While Mikele is working on his experience and qualifications, and awaiting the next step in his climb, he hopes to help improve our boys; ‘I want to get the team organised with David Pollock for the new season and then coach them once a week after that. Whilst the group is committed and responding to the ideas we have, we hope we can make a difference’.
‘I can see the core players look good, so we just need to get things organised and give everyone the level of coaching they need, which we are looking at now’.
This task will be made easier by what we have at Rowley Lane, and Mikele was very impressed; ‘The facilities are much better than I could have expected’.
We wish Mikele all the best during his time with London Lions, and we hope this is a first stepping stone onto big things!