Hurley is hoping to put heart in defence
SYCOB boss focuses coaching experience on shoring up at back
FOR most people, a heart attack is a sign that you should slow down a bit – but Andy Hurley is not most people.
He suffered the first of his two attacks nine years ago, at which point he made the decision that set him on the road to becoming Beaconsfield SYCOB’s new manager this summer.
He arrived at Holloways Park as part of the club’s link-up with the FAB Academy, at Bisham Abbey, where Hurley has been coaching for five years.
He said: “I’ve been coaching all my life and been involved with youth football for the last 30 years, but after suffering the first heart attack nine years ago, I decided I wanted to get more enjoyment out of my life.
“I love coaching and wanted to start enjoying it more, so I took all my coaching badges and have been with the FAB Academy since it started, which has been an education for me, as well as working with Nas Bashir at Hayes & Yeading.
“I planned to coach part-time and work part-time, but I’m still working full-time too as a director at a print communications company. I still have work commitments, and that won’t change, but I wanted to work my way up through hard work.
“The heart attacks don’t restrict me in any way, although there is a feeling that because you have been through that, you can handle anything. I try to put it to the back of my mind though and don’t worry about it.”
For all that, watching SYCOB this season cannot be good for anyone’s ticker. For the second time this season, they had a two-goal lead but ended up losing 5-2 last Saturday, this time to Bedworth.
Hurley takes his troops to fellow Southern League Division One Central side Godalming Town on Saturday for an FA Cup first qualifying round tie, and hopes to have experienced central defensive duo Jonathan Munday and Tom Wilmott available.
He added: “I think we will have a great chance if we can shore things up at the back. We have no problems scoring goals but are conceding too many, but Jonathan and Tom will help sort that when they’re back.
“We managed to video the game on Saturday, and I have watched it back to see what we have been doing right and what we have been doing wrong. It’s a case of taking one step back to take two steps forward.”
Lee Thompson gave SYCOB the lead at high-flying Royston on Tuesday, but Hurley’s men ended up losing 3-1, leaving them second bottom in the table.
STEP BY STEP: Beaconsfield SYCOB’s new manager, Andy Hurley, says two heart attacks have sharpened his focus rather than slow him down