First Division job for Gregg
Published at 07:42, Wednesday, 30 October 2013
PERSISTENCE paid off for a football coach from Bingfield as he became the youngest ever manager in Iceland’s top divisions.
Having served time working as assistant to one of the country’s biggest names, former Portsmouth and Charlton Athletic defender Hermann Hreidarsson, 25-year-old Gregg Ryder (pictured right) has taken over at Division One side Trottur.
Having initially been told by the club to go off on his holiday to Malta as he was low on the list of candidates for the job, Ryder showed his desire to get the job by flying from England for an interview.
And they were impressed with his eloquence and knowledge of the game, overriding their concerns about his tender age.
“The club told me that there was not a great chance of me getting the job so I should call back after my holiday. But I ignored that advice to fly out the next day because I would have hated myself if I had missed out on this opportunity.
“The interview went well and I had some good recommendations from Hermann and David James which worked in my favour.
“When you are younger, I find you have to be pushy, hard working and determined and I think the fact I flew out to another country just shows my commitment.
“You have to do things early in your career if you are to make it as it would be too late for me starting this at 35.”
The former Queen Elizabeth High School pupil is working towards a dream move into management in England, but is concentrating on turning Trottur from relegation fodder into a more formidable outfit.
And he is certain the experience of working under Hreidarsson alongside former England keeper James at IBV, an established Premier League and Europa League side, will work to his advantage.
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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