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Liverpool FC coach Alex Inglethorpe has risen from non-league ranks

LIVERPOOL Under-21s boss Alex Inglethorpe cut his teeth in coaching as manager of non-league outfit Leatherhead in 2001.

LIVERPOOL Under-21s boss Alex Inglethorpe cut his teeth in coaching as manager of non-league outfit Leatherhead in 2001.

It was a world away from the surroundings he currently enjoys at the Kirkby Academy.

“I learned a lot of important lessons there,” he said. “No one was on a contract and the budget was £500 per week – from that you had to pay everyone. It really was at the coal face in Ryman League Two.

“While I was there, I worked in a warehouse and I coached the Under-18s at Lewisham College. I had 70 to 80 youngsters and a bag of balls and had to make the most of it. It was hard but they were good times.”

Prior to that Inglethorpe’s playing days had involved spells at Watford, Barnet, Leyton Orient, Exeter City and Canvey Island.

“I probably had an honourable career rather than a distinguished one,” he said. “I was fairly hard working but nowhere near the quality needed to play at the top level.

“I did my badges while playing and at 29 I decided to go into coaching. On the training field I’d started thinking about what I’d do differently to the manager so I thought I’d better put up or shut up. I decided to sacrifice five or six years playing.”

After Leatherhead, a spell as Leyton Orient’s youth coach followed and then he took over as boss at Exeter City in 2004. The highlight was a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford in the FA Cup.

In June 2006 he left Exeter to become youth team coach at Tottenham, turning down the chance to take over as manager of MK Dons.

“I realised that although I’d done well enough at Exeter, I certainly wasn’t the finished product,” he said. “I felt I still had so much to learn and Tottenham for me was like having a Harvard education. I worked at every level from the first team to the Under-6s.

“I enjoyed my time in management and you never know what the future will bring. But at the moment I see myself as a developer of talent. I’m paid to try to improve the individual and get them to the next level.”

 

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