Ex-Liverpool massive title Paul Konchesky revelling in lifestyles as assistant manager with West Ham Females and believes WSL can win as massive as men’s football
Paul Konchesky is loving lifestyles in his current position as assistant manager with West Ham Females and hopes he can again them cost up the Females’s Gigantic League table.
He was appointed on a everlasting basis within the summer time, having spent six months working with boss Olli Tougher closing season.
Forward of that, ex-Liverpool and Fulham left-again Konchesky had been working for the length of the Hammers formative years establish of residing-up as a coach and had moreover loved a stint as assistant manager at Billericay City the establish he worked alongside talkSPORT’s very maintain Jamie O’Hara.
Now, the faded England worldwide is hoping to pass on his abilities to the women folk’s squad and is happy to occupy a proper teaching situation at his boyhood club.
Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, Konchesky acknowledged: “I’m loving it. It’s obviously plenty assorted from being fervent with the boys, but I’m in truth playing it.
“I’m on the grass on each day basis and hopefully, giving the women the abilities that I’ve purchased and the knowing that I’ve picked up in my occupation from a younger age.
“Even now you’re light discovering out, although I’ve performed so much of football in my occupation and learnt so much of things off of assorted managers, assorted avid gamers and diverse coaches.
“This club methodology plenty to me. I grew up as a West Ham fan as a toddler years within the past and aged to stand late the North Financial institution looking out at and supporting my workers.
“I was fortunate ample to play for the club and win it to the cup closing, which for me, was one among the most handy things I would perhaps maybe occupy completed in my occupation.
“I’ve coached on the club or been fervent with the club for two or three years now but being again on the grass on the management aspect is one other dream arrive valid.
“I do know so much of folks verbalize that: ‘You’re with the women folk,’ but I possess women folk’s football now is handiest going one methodology and hopefully, at some point this also can just win as massive as men’s [football].
“Not appropriate myself, but so much of folks will starting up pushing women folk’s football and getting folks to verify up on and learn about.”
Closing season was a testing one on the pitch for West Ham, with the workers struggling on the unfriendly discontinue of the WSL for enormous ingredients of the season, but Tougher’s appointment as manager again in December ended in an upturn in fortunes.
Three spruce sheets from the club’s closing four video games meant West Ham secured their WSL location for one other season with an eighth-location invent and occupy started this advertising and marketing and marketing campaign promisingly, with four parts from their opening three video games.
The Hammers picked up their first house league recall since February 2020 on Sunday after thrashing Leicester City 4-0 and Konchesky is alive to for the aspect to scenario for a location within the live half of this season.
“We’ve purchased to attain higher than closing season,” he says.
“We would also just light be higher, that’s a truth. I’m no longer asserting we occupy to invent one point above [where we finished last season] but we have to always be higher and meaning [in terms of] playing vogue. We want to be spoken about as contenders.
“We know there are greater clubs who occupy purchased money and want to position extra money in. But we’re a unit right here and a workers that want to stick collectively.
“We’ve purchased that now and the workers spirit is valid. We don’t want to claim we’re going to be within the Champions League. We want to ogle the establish it takes us and if meaning we’re in direction of the live discontinue, that’s the establish we’d reasonably be. We don’t want to be any place arrive the underside.
And Konchesky believes Tougher is the proper manager to push them onwards and upwards.
“He's a cramped rotund on,” he persevered. “He gets excitable on occasion. He’s a passionate man, so he’s making an strive to bring his passion out to the women and he brings that vitality every sport in coaching. He’s an brisk man and he wants the most handy for these women and he wishes to be the most handy.”
Irrespective of some inviting and closely fought fixtures, the starting up of the WSL season has been marred by questions marks surrounding the conventional of referees after some excessive-profile errors.
This introduced on England myth Kelly Smith to call for WSL officials to be made rotund-time in a enlighten to toughen refereeing requirements and the faded striker hasn’t been on my own in her criticism of the officials.
Chelsea boss Emma Hayes referred to as for the introduction of VAR and aim-line abilities within the WSL following the Blues’ opening day defeat to Arsenal after Gunners ahead Beth Mead looked as if it would perhaps maybe be offside within the make-as much as her 2nd aim of the game.
On the other hand, whereas West Ham assistant Konchesky would take grasp of to ogle VAR and aim-line abilities implemented within the WSL, he doesn’t in truth feel it would perhaps maybe perhaps also just light be launched correct now.
“I possess it handiest helps. We know the women folk’s sport is getting greater, but it’s going to be step-by-step,” he carried out.
“With the money at this stage on the 2nd, there’s potentially other things they are utilizing it with. Especially as soon as we play on the [men’s] stadiums, I’d take grasp of to think we would perhaps maybe exhaust the boys’s VAR or aim-line abilities then. It’s purchased to be a rule for all of us.
“Optimistically at some point, this might maybe occasionally be massive ample that we are able to construct apart these guidelines in location.”
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