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Lee Duxbury's playing to his strengths at Eccleshill United - but it's a different world
Lee Duxbury knew before he accepted the role of Eccleshill United manager that he would be operating in a very different world to what he was used to.
The reality of the task has hit home even more now he is in his role but the former Bantams midfielder is determined to succeed.
He said: “When I went to Farsley Celtic (they were in the Conference Premier and he finished his playing career there) it was an eye opener - two training sessions a week, unless there was a midweek game and then just one, and not all of the players could get there because of work commitments.
“This is similar but as well as the local lads we have the RIASA (Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy) players, so at least I get to work with them during the week.
“But I’m doing what I have been doing for the past seven years - coaching players and managing them in games.
"As reserve-team manager and first-team coach at Oldham (Athletic), I had a lot of young lads in my side. I was their teacher during the week and their boss when they played, and I have loved that job.”
Plumpton Park is a far cry from Boundary Park, and the Northern Counties East League Division One is a world away from the Football League.
Duxbury said: “Just a couple of years ago, we (Latics’ reserves) played Man United and they had £89m worth of players in the game.
"I had a side of young lads and I had to change the system as the game went on but we only lost 2-1.
“Just last season I was being sent to watch Liverpool games because we (Oldham) had drawn them in the FA Cup.
"I was scouting for the club, looking at what tactics and players they used at throw-ins and corners, identifying danger areas and seeing where we could hurt them.”
Duxbury reported back to manager Paul Dickov and the rest of the coaching staff, and between them they plotted the downfall of the Merseyside Premier League giants.
His past record and natural exuberance suggest Duxbury will do the business at RIASA, Eccleshill and with the Bradford City development squad.
He said: “It is a wide-ranging job description but it’s basically what I have been doing for the last seven years, and I know I can do that so I’m playing to my strengths. Each role has its own importance and I will make sure nothing gets missed.
“I spoke to the Eccleshill chairman Adrian (Benson) and he knows I need to get my feet under the table first but I told him I will get the best of the American (RIASA) players and blend them with local lads.
"I promised him I can do it because I’m a good coach and a good motivator and I want this club to reach its potential.”
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