The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Joshua Richards

De­fender-cum-coach Mike Ed­wards is Notts County’s man for all jobs

NOTTS COUNTY’S Jack-of-all-trades Mike Ed­wards hung up his oven gloves rather than his boots this sum­mer, and hopes he can con­tinue to make his mark at Meadow Lane for sev­eral sea­sons to come.

The 35-year-old de­fender has also worked as a con­di­tion­ing coach since re­turn­ing in 2014 and, in ad­di­tion last sea­son, pre­pared meals for his team-mates on away trips.

His pasta dish, with a “se­cret” recipe, is leg­endary among the Mag­pies play­ers.


But the lux­ury of stay­ing in ho­tels rather than em­bark­ing on long coach trips that has been af­forded to Notts County’s play­ers this sea­son means Ed­wards’ culi­nary skills are no longer re­quired.

Yet man­ager Ri­cardo Moniz is still keep­ing him busy and Ed­wards wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I’m used to it,” he said. “Last year I was cook­ing as well! The lads seem to en­joy my cook­ing, so I might go back to do­ing it one day – you can never say never.

“I get on well with the man­ager and in pre-sea­son he set out his con­di­tion­ing plans and now I try and de­liver that. There is a good med­i­cal team around me and I tend to not do as much when I’m play­ing, but they do take the mickey some­times and say ‘any chance of you do­ing your proper job?’.

“I like hav­ing the dis­trac­tion of hav­ing oth­ers to worry about, rather than wor­ry­ing about my own con­di­tion.

“Af­ter a ses­sion I’ll do the wash­ing and prepa­ra­tion ahead of the next day and build a plan to help the play­ers re­cover. There is al­ways some­thing to do.”

Ed­wards is at the club for a sec­ond spell, hav­ing ini­tially left with a heavy heart af­ter a dis­agree­ment over the length of a new con­tract.


And he re­vealed his re­turn came al­most by ac­ci­dent.

“I only came here ini­tially for a week’s train­ing, but im­pressed and was of­fered a deal,” he added.

“Our fit­ness coach left so I took his job.The plan wasn’t to play as much as I have, but it’s been a bonus.

“I still think of my­self as a player. I’m cling­ing on to the bot­tom rung of the lad­der by my lit­tle fin­ger.

“We were train­ing last year and lin­ing up 11 vs 11 on the pitch. I was out there and the man­ager said we don’t want the coach train­ing. One of the lads had to tell him the fit­ness coach plays a bit too!”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion im­ages

MAGIC MIKE: County’s Mike Ed­wards is still play­ing as well as keep­ing the squad fit, inset

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