Lan­des­berg: We’ll give com­mu­nity some­thing to shout about

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY JC RE­PORTER

FOOTBALL ANDY Lan­des­berg be­lieves the pro­fes­sional back-room team in place will help get the best out of the Team Mac­cabi GB Open Football squad ahead of their push for hon­ours at the 20th Mac­cabiah Games in Is­rael this sum­mer.

Fresh from leading Lon­don Lions to the HSCL league-and-cup dou­ble, Lan­des­berg will man­age the 20-man squad. He will work closely with as­sis­tant-boss Nathan Kosky, who brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence on and off the field, hav­ing worked in the pro­fes­sional game with Coven­try City.

They will be sup­ported by a high-pro­file sup­port team, led by coach Kevin Black­well, the as­sis­tant-man­ager to Neil Warnock at Cardiff City. Black­well has en­joyed a suc­cess­ful ca­reer since retiring from play­ing, man­ag­ing at Leeds United, Sh­effield United and Lu­ton Town. His brother, Noel Black­well of Con­fer­ence side Eastleigh, will work along­side him.

The ex­pe­ri­ence of for­mer Eng­land and Ar­se­nal physio Gary

Lewin will also be key ahead of the 16-day com­pe­ti­tion. He will be as­sisted by Sammy

Horne, with the fo­cus on per­for­mance and fit­ness. Darren Stern has been ap­pointed sports sci­en­tist for

Andy Lan­des­berg the squad, a role which he per­forms for Mill­wall.

The man­age­ment team have set them­selves the lofty am­bi­tion of win­ning GB’s first gold in the event since 1961.

Lan­des­berg said: “Our am­bi­tion was to put in place a first-class back­room team and I think that group of peo­ple sup­port­ing me and the squad would be the envy of many a pro­fes­sional side.

“It’s fair to say the play­ers have re­sponded well to this level of pro­fes­sion­al­ism, and it will help us com­pete to our high­est po­ten­tial.” The squad is com­prised pri­mar­ily of play­ers com­pet­ing in non-league football — with many cur­rently at Lon­don Lions — but some play­ing sig­nif­i­cantly higher.

Avi Kor­man rep­re­sents the Mac­cabi GB South­ern Football League in a fairly young squad.

The are also a num­ber of play­ers with ex­pe­ri­ence from pro­fes­sional clubs and pre­vi­ous Mac­cabiah ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing Josh Ken­net, Adam Bolle and cap­tain Mitchel Hahn. They are joined by the likes of Austin Lipman, who played up to un­der-21 level at Ar­se­nal.

The Games will be ex­tra spe­cial for Tom Smith and Ben Long, who are al­ready play­ing at a high level of semipro­fes­sional football but will have their first taste of Mac­cabi GB and the Mac­cabiah Games.

Kosky com­mented: “There is noth­ing like be­ing se­lected to rep­re­sent your coun­try in the Open Age group in a sport you have com­peted at all your life.

“For many this is the big­gest op­por­tu­nity they will have on an in­ter­na­tional stage.

The Mac­cabiah means a lot to ev­ery­one in the group and our fo­cus now is to de­liver a great tour­na­ment.”

SQUAD: Adam Bolle, Adam Burchell, Mitch Hahn, Harry Hatch­well, Char­lie Kasler, Josh Ken­net, Avi Kor­man, Max Kyte, Ni­cholas Lan­des­berg, Adam Lipman, Austin Lipman, Daniel Lipman, Ben Long, Jor­dan Marks, David My­ers, Jor­dan Nathan, Jake Rinsler, Zachary Rose, Char­lie Ru­bin, Tom Smith. Man­ager: An­drew Lan­des­berg, As­sis­tant-man­ager: Nathan Kosky

PHOTO: MARC MOR­RIS

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