Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: Sir Trevor Brooking - If I Had to Start Again

Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: Sir Trevor Brooking - If I Had to Start Again

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I could have gone into football management. I was never one to think playing would last for ever, so I got my coaching badge in the '70s just in case. But when I packed up as a player in 1984, my son and daughter were at school and I didn't want to uproot.

I was at West Ham for 19 years and lucky to play under managers of great integrity like John Lyall and Ron Greenwood. Our captain, Billy Bonds, was really quiet and used to ask me to do the interviews after games. That helped me move into broadcasting when I retired as a player.

When you've done something day-in, day-out for 19 years, to shut that door totally is tough. Covering games twice a week made the transition easier.

I was from an East London family. My dad was a policeman and my mum worked part-time making Christmas crackers. They taught me about behaviour and respect, lessons that have stayed with me. West Ham's scouts approached me when I was 14. The school's careers officer wasn't too impressed - the financial attraction wasn't there like it is today. …

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