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Kennedy on importance of academy coaching

16 December 2022

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Mark Kennedy has outlined the importance of coaching within academy set-ups in his career as he prepares his side for the trip to Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

The Imps’ head coach shares a similar pathway into first team management as his opposite number on Saturday, Wade Elliot, and has explained the benefits he believes coaching at U23s level has had. 

He said: “As an academy coach you have a great opportunity to make mistakes, learn your role and properly understand what development looks like. 

“The best thing I ever did in coaching was going to work in academies and really understand what coaching looks like. It’s taken me ten years to get an opportunity to be a head coach, but if I hadn’t done that, I think my chances of success would have been much less.” 

Elliot is a familiar face to Kennedy who expressed his admiration for the work the Robins’ head coach has accomplished. 

He added: “I tend not to judge myself against others and we’re happy focussing on where we are at and what we’re doing, but I think Wade has done a brilliant job this year. 

“I feel I can recognise the situation he is in as a first-time manager, and he’s been really impressive. They’re just two points behind us in the league, also in the Papa Johns Trophy quarter-finals, and Wade is someone I know from our work in U23 set-ups. 

“He’s someone who I highly respect and I’m looking forward to pitching ourselves against each other on Saturday afternoon.” 

City’s fixture against the Robins on Saturday is eligible for domestic streaming, meaning you can back the team from wherever you are in the world with an iFollow Imps match pass! 

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