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Skuse Looking Ahead to Future as a Coach
Wednesday, 14th Feb 2018 18:13

Cole Skuse has underlined his ambition to become a coach after signing a new two-year contract that will take him through to the end of the 2019/20 season.

Skuse was delighted to put pen to paper on the new deal, not least because he will become a father for the third time this summer. “It’s been nice to get it done early rather than later,” he explained. “My wife is heavily pregnant and it’s less stress for her to deal with.

“Getting the deal done now, rather than waiting until the summer when she is due to give birth, is nice for us. I appreciate the other lads’ help, as well as the gaffer’s help, plus the hierarchy at the club. Now I’m aiming to get some coaching qualifications.

“I’m going to make the most of my wife being pregnant and due to give birth in the summer. We won’t be having a holiday so I’m booked on a few coaching courses to get my badges.

“This is definitely an avenue I want to go down in the not too distant future. Even if I don’t get a job, I’ll have my badges.”

Skuse was asked how he envisaged his future in the game and replied: “It’s dependent on Chambo. If Chambo gets a first team job somewhere he might take me with him.

“No, seriously, I don’t have a real burning desire or aspirations to be a first team manager. I don’t think that’s for me. First-team coach, maybe, or I’d like to work at the top end of an academy, working with the older players at the academy.”

Town are not short of talented young midfielders, with the likes of Andre Dozzell, Flynn Downes and Tristan Nydam having already made an impact at first team level with a number of others making an impression behind them in the academy, and Skuse is looking to play a part in their development during his time at the club, which he hopes will extend beyond playing.

He added: “I’ll be trying to do my bit at coaching – coaching them not to be like me! If I can turn my hand to a bit of coaching during the week, then towards the tail end of my contract do a bit more coaching here, I’d love to stick around and be part of the club.

“There’s a great crop in and around the first team squad at the moment and even younger than them we’ve seen how the lads did in the FA Youth Cup, having a great run and doing very, very well.

“I’m not daft enough to think I’m still 22 or 23 and can play however many years ahead. I’m just going about my business and if I’m selected, I’m selected.”

Skuse admitted he is learning a lot about coaching from Town manager Mick McCarthy but added: “It’s not just the gaffer here, it’s the gaffers and coaches I’ve played for throughout my career. You pick up little bits and bobs from all of them.

“Sad as it may seem, I’ve got a little notebook at home and when I go home after certain training sessions or team talks I jot things down.

“I’m keen to take things on board from people who have been around for donkey’s years – not that they might appreciate me saying that.

“They’ve been around for a long, long time so they’ve got a knowledge of how to conduct themselves, both during training and off the training field as well.

“I try to be a bit of a sponge and write stuff down. It’s not just the gaffer, there’s the academy staff too – people like Bryan Klug, Lee O’Neill, Gerard Nash, all of them, they’re fantastic coaches.

“I’ve had the notebook a little while now but it’s not something I go home and do religiously. Usually, when I get home I’m walking dogs, changing dirty nappies and tidying up after the kids.

“It’s just every now and again, if I see or hear something that I thought was brilliant and see it as worth noting.”

Skuse said that when it came to considering his new deal he also discussed whether McCarthy might be on his way to pastures new in the summer. “The gaffer’s quite open in the sense that his office door is always open to anyone with something to talk about, football or non-football related,” he explained.

“I’ve asked the question and he says it’s something that he and Marcus are looking to sort out between themselves and that it will be resolved in due course.”

Meanwhile, a Skuse goal at Carrow Road would be something of a collectors’ item – only his third in 197 games for Town. But he pointed out: “I have scored a goal there before but you will have to look through the archives to find it.

“I’d love to say it was a worldie but it wasn’t. It was for Bristol City away to Norwich many moons ago [February 2009]. We won the game [2-1] and I scored our first goal.”

Defender Jonas Knudsen has scored in two of the last three East Anglian derby fixtures and was within a whisker of making it a hat-trick when he saw a stunning shot crash back off an upright in the meeting between the sides at Portman Road earlier in the season.

Skuse added: “Jonas has been our top man at finishing this week. He always seems to do well against Norwich so we’ve had a couple of shooting sessions and he’s done very well.”

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Daleyitfc added 18:38 - Feb 14
He needs to get into the coaching side soon : I would suggest Saturday, so we don't have to suffer him as a player on Sunday, or after. Useless : like all of them.

Jonnosdreadlocks added 18:39 - Feb 14
skuse specialising in crab football. sideways, sideways, shoot once every two seasons...

blythburgh_blue added 18:44 - Feb 14
5 goals in 500 professional games.... what a disgraceful stat. how about mastering playing before coaching??

MattinLondon added 19:46 - Feb 14
As a player I think Skuse is a very average championship midfielder and I do think that he is one of MM favourites who views him as undropable.

However as a person he comes across very well and in my opinion at least will make a good coach.

I think some of the comments directed towards him are a tad unwarranted.

Kesblue66 added 20:21 - Feb 14
He can surely teach them how to score goals,and to pass sideways.

Lightningboy added 20:36 - Feb 14
Yes,hopefully he’ll go on to coach Norwich.

nineteenseventyeight added 20:42 - Feb 14
more chance of being a 52 seater coach for Galloways

Cakeman added 06:24 - Feb 15
Does come across as a very decent chap however I do wish he and others ie Chambers would concentrate on the present and not the future. These two players and the rest have a responsibility to dig in to get the club playing well again and to give supporters some optimism.
That will not happen if their heads are in the future which is s little bit selfish.

therein61 added 07:00 - Feb 15
For heavens sake don't let him near our youngsters as he will only instill negativity in them

dirtydingusmagee added 10:17 - Feb 15
I agree with MattinLondon , and I think he comes across as a decent person ,and gets some unwarranted stuff thrown at him , at the end of the day if he isn't as good as needs to be , he dosnt pick himself to play '' Mick the mindless'' does that.

bobble added 10:33 - Feb 15
its always handy to teach kids how not to play....

bluerthanthou added 10:40 - Feb 15
...and yet I have the feeling CS is more likely to make a success of football coaching than any of the posters on here. Good luck to him.

OldClactonBlue added 11:03 - Feb 15
I don't rate him as a player but he could well be a good coach

BlueBlood90 added 11:07 - Feb 15
I'm hoping he gets no where near coaching Flynn Downes and Andre Dozzell etc. We need those boys to learn how to pass the ball forwards rather than backwards or sideways like he does. Cole's a great guy by the sounds of things but I seriously don't understand the people who rate him so highly as a player.

vanmunt added 13:39 - Feb 15
Hope his future is not as coach driver as you would ever get to destination as he only goes backwards and sideways.

Seasider added 16:29 - Feb 15
Cole Skues says above "and if I am selected,i'm selected".

Well you always are Cole,just like Chambers and Knudsen.

This is regardless of how you and the other two play;but as dirty dingus says,you don't pick the team McCarthy does.In fact he has even picked you recently when you havn't been 100% fit;so I done think any of the blame should be placed on Skues.

Northstandveteran added 18:45 - Feb 15
Boring 😴

BlueParadigm added 14:34 - Feb 16
Once again, unnecessary, nasty, snide and personal remarks about a decent guy who is trying his best for ITFC now and wants to do so in the future .I wonder if those of you on here posting such personal abuse deal with those around you at home and work in such a manner?

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