David Gough, who leads the English FAs ‘International Opposition Analysis’ for its Women’s’ World Cup qualifiers is the new Director of Football at Monmouth Town. Gough, 33, was one of the youngest ever coaches awarded his UEFA A license and also takes on the job leading the Club’s Welsh Premier League academy and is insisting that the club can continue to build the reputation of the academy to be force in the region.
“I’m impressed by what I’ve seen so far, the coaches are first class, the players have bags of potential and the parents here seem incredibly interested and supportive. Anyone who knows anything about Welsh Football can’t have failed to have been impressed by what the club has achieved over the past six or seven years and five minutes with the Chairman (Lee Robson) convinced me that the ambition, passion and desire to succeed are real and I wanted to play a part in the success story.
We have to be realistic as we are not a professional club so our Academy aims to recruit ‘the best of the rest’ so to speak but we’ll get players playing so that can have a chance to play at Welsh Premier level and above. There is no reason why we can’t get some players in Wales’s age group squads in time and we’ve nominated one or two to go for trials at the end of the month. Below pro clubs’ real academies we want this to be club of choice for parents and players who want to succeed. Watch us fly.”
“Goughy” , who has previously managed Welsh League Division One club Aberdare and was Cardiff City’s youth team coach for 3 years wasted no time in building the strength of the Academy as University of South Wales team coach Tim Jones becomes Under 16s coach, joining goalkeeper coach James Long, Cardiff City ADC and Under 14s coach Lewis Thomas and Newport County coach Albert Chidembo who coaches the under 12 team.
Academy Training is at HMSG Monmouth, Hereford Rd, Monmouth NP25 5XT on Thursdays at 6pm for Boys who want to try out.