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Coach's Corner - Dean Harris

Deanooooooooooooo!This month’s team in focus features Euro’s Dean Harris.

We started by asking Dean a little bit about this own football career and was surprised to learn that after starting out at Barking Colts as a young child he progressed to playing alongside our very own Chairman Ray Jerome in the men’s 1st team and as recently as 10 years ago was playing in a line up that finished runners up in the league and got to the cup final in the same season.

Unfortunately injuries curtailed Dean’s career in its prime after which family and work commitments took him away from the wonderful game, however the birth of his son’s Nathaniel and Darcy reignited his passion for football and after watching from the side-lines a year ago Dean decided to join the coaching staff.

We asked, firstly what influenced his decision to bring his boys to Euro Dagenham in the first place and then to actually put his boots back on and get involved, to which Dean remarked on the reputation of the club and in particular Ray’s coaching methods and philosophy by saying “it really was the only place to take his children to learn to play football the right way”.

On his decision to get involved himself, it seems a case of unfinished business for Dean, who having had to cut short his own career believed he still had something to offer the game, and described it as the best decision he’d ever made.

We asked Dean during this first season in charge what he has noticed most about the players under his care and he pin pointed the respect that all the players have shown him and their desire to want to improve their game, this willingness to listen and respond positively to the coaching is one of the reasons Dean thinks that the current crop of U9’s will be able to emulate previous Euro teams and go onto win league and cup honours in the future.

Citing Glen Hoddle as his all time favourite Spurs player for his incredible vision, passing, and the number of great goals he scored in his heyday Dean hopes that he can bring a bit of that flair to his teams in the years to come.

To finish the interview we asked Dean about the Brentford connection and he said that he thought it would be a positive influence on the players and that perhaps in the future Brentford could send over a few coaches to Mayesbrook Park to demonstrate first hand to even the lesser players some of the core elements professional clubs are looking for in young players and how they might work towards achieving their playing goals.

Made In Dagenham’s final question to Dean was to sum the last year, to which he beamed

“Despite some of the team results that this year has been the best of his footballing life”

Article taken from the famous Made In Dagenham Newsletter first published April 2013


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