New Under 18s coach discusses arrival at Christopher Park.
- Nick Chadwick appointed Under 18s coach.
- Former Everton and Plymouth striker excited by prospects at Latics.
- 33-year-old settling well with group at Christopher Park.
“It’s exciting to see the way the club is going here and especially with the way Gregor (Rioch) sees the Academy moving forwards.
“There’s been a change around anyway, whether there was a new member of staff here or not because of the first team’s move to Euxton, and it’s been good to get involved in helping to create the right environment for the Academy at Christopher Park.
“The lads have really started to come together in pre-season so far. We’ve got nine new apprentices joining 13 second years and it’s been a fresh start for them all.
“Crucially we’re preparing now rather than if I had come in half way through a season and things had changed dramatically.
“The lads had a great experience and were really successful last season and they’re already preparing well with the physical and tactical side of things.”
Speaking of his appointment, Chadwick continued:
“When I first spoke to Gregor we discussed what my beliefs are and how I’d like the team to play and they’re very much similar to the philosophy that is already engrossed in this club.
“The players have got to pass the ball and be nice and tidy and look to play their way through. We’ve got to make good decisions in possession and stay away from playing percentage type football. That type of football is certainly not what I believe in, especially at youth development level and I know it’s not what Gregor believes in.
“It’s a very good fit in terms of how we both see the lads developing and playing.”
As a player Chadwick progressed through the youth ranks at Everton and made over 250 career appearances for clubs such as Plymouth Argyle, Shrewsbury Town and Stockport County, before taking his first steps into coaching, a transition which he believes will help him to share his experiences with the players.
“Under 18s was my most enjoyable time as a player and I feel that it’s the most important time as a player because you learn a lot about the transition between being a youth team player and being a first team player.
“We’ve also got to be realistic in the fact that 99% of lads aren’t ready to step up into the first team at this age.
“I can very much relate to their journeys at this moment in time and it’s up to us as a group of staff to develop them before we move them on to the Development Squad and the first team.”