Now when Mark Roach the editor of Total Football asked me whether I would like to interview Micky Hazard I was over the moon. If he had told me this in person rather than over the phone I may have hugged the life out of him, and yes that is my honest reaction.
MICKY HAZARD is a lilywhite legend of course I would LOVE to chat to him on behalf of Total Football Magazine.
So here is a snippet of the feature that I wrote for Total Football, you know the drill if you want to know more click the lovely link where the feature stops.
Former Tottenham, Chelsea and England midfielder Micky Hazard was one of the most stylish players of his generation.
He was a key member of the 1984 UEFA cup winning Spurs team – but these days he’s content in sharing his knowledge with the youth of today.
Hazard is director of football/coach at Sevenoaks FC. He looks after 35 teams and also has links with Fulham – which means he often sends his talented youngsters onto the Premier League side.
He said: “I played among one of the greatest spurs teams ever, yet I have more satisfaction in helping a young footballer progress.”
He refers to his players as his boys. His team are like a family unit, and just like any family you can have the odd dig or moan at them. But you won’t hear a bad word against them and that’s how Micky treats ‘his boys’.
If every footballer was like Micky Hazard then maybe English football would be in a much better place, and maybe our youth teams would be stronger and more confident.
Many critics say that the talent in English football is drying up, making us wonder what the future holds for our national squad.
Hazard disagrees: “The critics miss the point, the talent in this country is quite phenomenal, yet the coaching is not to the standard that it should be.”
If more footballers went back to grass roots level during retirement then maybe these critics would be singing a different song, from a different hymn sheet. Hazard is from a footballing era where all the lads wanted to do was play football.
They would do anything to put on there teams colours and grace the football field. Many footballers may well love the game but they also love the fame and fortune.
Hazard says that, as much as he loved playing football, coaching is much more rewarding.
He said: “As a player you are much more selfish looking at your own performance more so than that of the team.”