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5 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion under-23s coach Simon Rusk.

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s coach Simon Rusk believes he is always learning throughout his coaching career, and feels his spell working with the first team has aided his development.

Rusk, who is currently studying for his UEFA Pro Licence, has begun his third season in charge of Albion’s under-23s, and the 35-year-old insists he is becoming a better coach due to his new experiences in the game.

He said, “Your experiences do change as you go along [in management]. The spells with the first team have been brilliant for me.

“It’s been great for my pro licence, working with the senior players, because as an ex-player you have your ideals and ideas based on your own football career.

“However, when you go into managing a group of people, because that’s what they are, you have a vision of what you want a team to be.

“With the under-23s you’ve always got that balance of wanting to win but also wanting to develop.

“Whereas, with the first team, you’re aspiring to make players better, but ultimately you’re judged on what your results are.

“I can now blend that into the under-23s development and try to find a balance with both.

“That’s probably the main area that I’ve improved on the most, finding the balance of tactically managing games and developing players at the same time.”

Both Albion’s under-23s and under-18s have made positive starts to their league seasons, and Rusk isn't surprised to see Ian Buckman’s team performing well, as a number of players look to impress.

“That’s their job; the under-18s have got to get into the under-23s, and they’ve got to get into the first team.

“In a healthy way, Bucko [Ian Buckman] and Beardy [Mark Beard] will be giving me a problem. The under-18 players need to be looking above them and thinking ‘can I put pressure on the player above me?’.

“Bucko and Beardy are fantastic coaches, so it’s no surprise to me that the under-18s have got off to a good start.”

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