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Crofts: I've learnt from some of the best

Former Albion midfielder on putting experiences into practice on the touchline.

By Alex Stedman • 04 March 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Andrew Crofts has overseen a win, a draw and a defeat as interim coach of the Under-23s.

Andrew Crofts says his first foray into the Albion dugout will be one where he draws on all of his experiences in the game.

The former Welsh international got off to the perfect start in charge of the club's under-23 side alongside Shannon Ruth with a thumping 6-1 win over West Ham United, before drawing with Leicester City and being defeated by Manchester City.

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U23 Highlights: Albion 6 West Ham 1

He said, “I have been lucky to play for some top people and top managers.

“At Brighton I worked under the likes of Chris Hughton and Oscar Garcia – we've had lots of different ways of working and speaking to people and I take little bits from everyone.

“Then there's Paul Lambert at Norwich and the pair of Chris Coleman and Gary Speed at Wales and John Toshack too.

“I am very lucky to have worked with some great football people and you can't help but take bits from them, but I will very much be my own person and I am enthused by football.

By Paul Hazlewood
Shannon Ruth is working alongside Andrew Crofts in interim charge.

Crofts says he wants his love and enthusiasm for the game to transcend onto Albion's youngsters, who are next in action on Sunday afternoon away at Chelsea.

“It's something that I am very passionate about and if you don't enjoy doing something then you can't have that and are never going to commit to it properly.

“Whatever I do in football I commit to 100% and hopefully that rubs off on those around me.

“It's something I said to the boys - you have got to enjoy coming and playing for this football club, putting that badge on every day is something special.”

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