It’s not just Jurgen Klopp or your Jose Mourinho who can help you in coaching, my family do too, says Notts County assistant Richard Thomas


Richard Thomas says his family as well as football’s famous coaches can provide him with the marginal gains which can help Notts County to success this season.

The former Leyton Orient academy coach has been one of the unsung heroes of this season having played a key role on the training pitch this term.

Since being appointed Nolan’s right-hand man in January, the duo have taken Notts from relegation strugglers to the top of the League Two table.

Thomas is growing a fine reputation as a coach with many of the senior players praising the sessions which have helped Notts soar towards success.

But asked whether he draws inspiration from one particular manager, he says his family as well as some of the game’s biggest names have all played a part.

“It’s not about one person or one big name manager for me, anybody and anyone can give me something that I can take into practice,” he said.

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Notts County manager Kevin Nolan (left) and his assistant Richard Thomas (right).

“My brother and sister-in-law are both PE teachers, my other sister is a teacher and they are educators of people.

“My dad is a coach so it’s sort of a family thing. I will lean on them and listening to how they talk and what they say not in their practices maybe, but when we discuss work I will take from them as much as they can give me.

“Whether it’s one little nugget of information I can use on a regular basis, I will take that as much as watching your Klopps, your Mourinhos, your Guardiolas and the world’s best.

“You draw on your own experiences. I played marginally above pub level, but there are managers there that bring so many good values over the course of 19-20 years I’ve been coaching.

“But I was learning things from the under-9s coach at Orient when I was academy manager. It was fantastic.

“He may have been on a course, or got his own mannerisms, which I look at and go ‘that’s a great trait, I am taking that one’.

“I don’t care who it comes from. If it helps me which indirectly helps the players then directly helps the club, then it doesn’t matter where the information comes from.

“Look at the boss (Alan Hardy) in his business field. He’s a great example. I must be able to learn something from him. He may not see it that way in terms of coaching.

“But there must be something he does in his business structure that works on the coaching field, or helps me with my week.

“If it can make you half-a-percent better then those marginal gains are all important.”



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