The nation of Ghana has a fresh reason to feel serious pride. George Boateng has been entrusted to lead Aston Villa youth.
Set to become the English Premier League club’s U18 assistant coach, Boateng has confirmed he will assist Richard Beale.
The former Netherlands player of Ghanaian origin, revealed that his latest achievement has followed from his long-established commitment to learning. Boateng mentions his coming from U13 level coach at Black Rovers.
"I made a decision a couple of years ago and knew if I wanted to be a good manager or coach then I need to learn my trade,” the Nkawkaw-born man told GhanaSoccerNet.
"It's the same as when you're playing – you can't just begin playing in the first team. You have to learn, all aspects of the game”.
"I spent a year at Blackburn Rovers, coaching the U13s through to the U18s. To be assistant Coach for the U18s here is perfect,” added the 44-year-old.
Boateng’s playing career includes Dutch and English clubs such as Excelsior, Feyenoord, Coventry City, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Hull City and Nottingham Forest.
The man with four Netherlands senior caps continued to ooze passion about his job: “It's a club I know well and working with a specific age group. It's a combination that focuses on performance and development.”
"It's perfect for me in terms of the way I want to develop as a coach. If I have a day off, I can't wait to get back in.”
"I'm planning and always thinking about what we can do when we're next in. It's engaging, active and they're long hours – which I enjoy."
Boateng concluded the conversation by mentioning what most development experts will highlight as key: development is not essentially about winning matches.
"The balance is between winning and developing, but it's always eventually about the latter and getting players into that first team. That's the emphasis,” he concluded.
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