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ROSENIOR ENJOYING PRO LICENCE EDUCATION

22 May 2017

Rosenior is eager to become a manager in the future.


Brighton & Hove Albion defender Liam Rosenior was delighted to take another step closer to gaining his UEFA Pro Licence qualification, following an educational week for the 32-year-old in Belfast.

The Albion full-back is keen to pursue a career in coaching when his playing career comes to an end, and Rosenior commented on a busy week of learning that commenced after the club’s promotion parade last Sunday.

He said, “We were working from eight o’clock in the morning until nine o’clock in the evening on lectures, so it was quite heavy going. But I learned so much from the five days and met some really interesting people.

“There was a lot of psychology involved. We had trained psychiatrists come in and basically measure how our brains work and how we are as people.

“There was a lot of information on your image, how you come across and how you connect with players. It’s not just about football, the Pro Licence is very much about management.

“It’s great to have your football knowledge, but it’s more about how you are as a person and how you develop. It was a fantastic five days.”

Rosenior believes his passion for the game is largely down to his upbringing, as he grew up watching his father Leroy Rosenior, who managed Torquay and Brentford after hanging up his boots.

“He’s never really pushed me to do anything, it’s just a natural part of my upbringing. I remember reading about Jose Mourinho, and he used to follow his dad around as a little boy.

“He wasn't a player, but his dad was a manager and that’s where he got his passion from. If you want to do something, you can’t be forced into it, it has to come from yourself.

“I think that’s why I’m so passionate about what I want to do, because I’ve been born into it, not just playing but the coaching side as well.

“If you want to coach, then you've got to be passionate about helping people and improving them.”

Rosenior highlighted the positive impact of Albion’s current manager Chris Hughton, and stressed the importance of being prepared for when a coaching opportunity comes along in the years ahead.

“You take from every manager you work underneath, but at the moment I’m with the best one I could ask to work for, especially at this stage of my career.

“You have to bring out your own personal development plan of where you want to be in two or three years time, and at the moment I feel like I’m in the perfect place.

“You can’t plan in football because it’s such a short-term industry, but what you can do is be prepared and I’ve been prepared for a long time.

“If an opportunity ever comes up for a coaching role, I feel as though I’d be able to do that to the best of my ability.”

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