Geylang International FC

5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Eagles’ Assistant Coach Owen Monaghan

11822918_1118727474808413_5033686380880102578_oGeylang International’s Assistant Coach Owen Monaghan, Shares His Experience As An Eagle & His Thoughts About Facing Global FC in the ‘RHB Singapore Cup 2015 Quarter-Finals 1st Leg’, at the Jalan Besar Stadium on 13th August 2015.

5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Eagles’ Assistant Coach Owen Monaghan

Question 1 –

How has the Geylang’s coaching journey been for you & how do you find football in Singapore as compared to Europe?

Ans: It has been a pleasure to be part of such an historic club of Singapore football. The support of Geylang International’s Chairman, General Manager, Coaches, Players and all other Club Staff, has made it very easy for me to fit in with the club and its principles. There have been both highs and lows in terms of results, but I am very confident that the players will work very hard to bring back trophies to this esteemed club in the near future, given their talent and superb attitude.

In Europe, football has a better holistic structure and its starts at a very young age. Grassroots Programmes, provide more opportunities to all ability levelled players and there are also structured pathways towards Elite football, for talented youths. In my humble opinion, I believe that Singapore needs to redefine and work on its Grassroots Football Programmes, to taste success in the long run and become a serious contender in the World of Football .

Question 2 –

Your thoughts about Geylang’s four consecutive S.League defeats and how have the Eagles better prepared themselves for their Quarter-Final tie, with Philippines football powerhouse, Global FC ?

Ans: It has been very tough to swallow the painful defeats, as the players have been working very hard at both, trainings and games to get the results. At the moment, we are being punished for our errors in games, whilst the opponents are getting away scot-free, with three points. That is FOOTBALL !  We have to keep believing and be determined, as the results will come sooner or later. We have returned to focus on key elements of the game that highlights our main strengths. Hence, I am certain you will see the best of Geylang once again, during the RHB Singapore Cup 2015!

Playing against Global FC gives our players a great experience in trying to deal with a different culture and style of football, especially for the younger lads in our squad. We know it will be a tough encounter, but we are fully prepared for the challenge and very much looking forward to get the win, with a good performance.

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Question 3 –

Apart from coaching Geylang International, what else do you do in your free-time ? Any particular interests, hobbies or pastimes ?

Ans: I am currently managing a youth soccer programme called ‘Coerver Coaching’, which provides coaching expertise to various clubs and schools like Singapore Cricket Club (SCC) Soccer Academy and Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) Soccer Academy. Furthermore, I also teach a ‘Football-Sport’ elective module to Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students on a weekly basis. Apart from mentoring, of course I do play football for the SCC Cosmos League team and also consistently support, my beloved home team, Liverpool FC in the Barclays Premier League.

Besides football, I do possess a strong passion for Boxing and I also love to travel around the globe with my lovely Singaporean wife, Charlene.

Question 4 –

How has the sunny island, Singapore been treating you ? Do you have a favourite hangout place and what is your favourite ‘local’ food ?

Ans: Singapore has been my home for the past 12 years and I am proud to be a Permanent Resident.  The ‘Lion City’ has been an amazing place for me as it has given me tremendous opportunities in both my personal and career life.  I am constantly on a hunt to find new places eat, drink coffee and hang out with my dear wife and friends

My favourite local meal would be definitely, a Cheese Onion Prata with Fish Gravy and a Maggie Goreng with a Teh Tarik !!! This is the sole reason, why I am unable to run fast anymore!

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Question 5 –

Which clubs did you previously played for and any words of encouragement or advice for youth soccer players in Singapore?

Ans: The highest level that I competed, was in the English Premier League U21s (North West Division), where I played for Marine FC. I went up against teams comprising of Liverpool, Everton, Man Utd, Blackburn, Man City and etc.

My favourite highlight, was playing at Liverpool Training Ground, and facing the likes of Paul Dalglish, David Thompson and Tony Warner, under the watchful eye of my KOP Hero, Kenny Dalglish.

All I have to say to the budding soccer stars is, Practice, Practice & Practice!  Regardless of ability, focus on improving your technique constantly. Believe in yourself and work hard to achieve your goals. Do not let anyone discourage you from being the best, you are striving to be!

Geylang Boleh!
You’ll Never Walk Alone!

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