STE­WART HIS MARC!

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - MAR­CUS STE­WART

re­mem­ber them with fond­ness.

LOW­EST MO­MENT

I’ve been for­tu­nate that I’ve been free of se­ri­ous in­jury so I’d say the times I’ve been rel­e­gated. They are the rea­sons why you want to work hard and be a team player, so they don’t come too of­ten.

TOUGH­EST PLACE TO GO

I didn’t re­ally get in­tim­i­dated by crowds. Peo­ple will say Mill­wall and places like that but those kind of crowds didn’t af­fect me at all.

I did play in Mill­wall’s last ever game at The Den. Bris­tol Rovers had al­ready been rel­e­gated but we knew the crowd were go­ing to in­vade the pitch af­ter so they could get them­selves some me­mora­bilia. We won the game and stopped them get­ting into the play-offs. I was lucky be­cause I’d been subbed be­fore the pitch in­va­sion! We’d been told to go straight to the dress­ing rooms.

So that was tough, but for me the an­swer’s prob­a­bly the places where I found it hard to score goals. I never scored at Derby or As­ton Villa.

TOUGH­EST OP­PO­NENT

Rio Fer­di­nand and that Manch­ester United back four with the likes of Gary Neville at right-back. Those guys were the best at their level and for Eng­land at that time. They were tough play­ers who could do ev­ery­thing.

I’d also say John Terry, who I played against when he was 18. He was a tough player even then. He knew all the tricks and was very ex­pe­ri­enced for his age.You could see he wasn’t in­tim­i­dated by any­one. He didn’t mind a phys­i­cal battle but he could pass the ball too.

FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO

I’d been re­leased by Southamp­ton as a school­boy and the first time I went back, they were play­ing at The Dell then, I scored a hat-trick which was great. I went back a few years later and scored two at St Mary’s. It’s nice to go back to a club you’ve been re­leased from and per­form well.

AM­BI­TION

I’m en­joy­ing be­ing Dar­rell Clarke’s as­sis­tant at Bris­tol Rovers. I’ve worked my way up. I’ve coached at Yeovil, Ex­eter U15s and the re­serves, and now I’m an as­sis­tant manager.

Ev­ery­one finds their niche, whether it’s as a manager, as an as­sis­tant, work­ing with the U21s or U18s, whether it’s work­ing in women’s foot­ball – you find it even­tu­ally. I want to be the best coach I can be and see where it takes me.

Big­gest Achieve­ment: Play­ing/Scor­ing in Europe Tough­est op­po­nents: Terry & Fer­di­nand

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