Eastbourne Town assistant manager, Danny Simmonds, admitted he misses the cut and thrust of football action even though he is enjoying his new coaching role.
Simmonds began his playing career with Brighton and Hove Albion and went on represent Eastbourne Borough and Eastbourne Town and this year has been working alongside first team boss Danny Bloor.
His name has featured on the team sheet very rarely this season as the midfield playmaker makes the often tricky transition from player to coach.
“I miss it,” said Simmonds. “ I haven’t hung my boots up just yet, and I still want to play.
“Even though I am enjoying my new role, I see the lads playing and I just want to be out there with them.
“Obviously now though being part of the management side of the club I have to think what is best for the team, not just me.”
Simmonds has been working closely alongside manager Danny Bloor and enjoys a good relationship with him.
“I get on really well with Danny (Bloor), we try and talk most days during the week about how we are going to approach each weekend.
“Often we do have the same thoughts and come up with the same side. Simmonds is a PE teacher by trade but has been relishing his assistants post and believes the experiences he has gained this season in the Ryman League division one south will stand him in good stead for the future.
Simmonds added, “Being assistant manager is completely different to being a player.
“As a player you just have to turn up each week, whereas with my new role I am much more involved with the running of the club.
“It is a completely different side to the game. Working alongside the management team here is great for me and I am learning a lot. “
Simmonds, who won the Sussex County League with Town back in the 2006/07 season, is enjoying life as assistant and life away from football.
One day in the future Simmonds hinted of taking a number one managers role and didn’t rule out the Town job.
“I haven’t really thought about what I am going to do in the future. At the moment I am really enjoying life as assistant.
“I have just recently had a child and I know from working with Danny that management takes up a lot more time.
“At the moment I want to stick with things the way they are.
“I love the club and maybe one day the opportunity may arise but for now I am delighted with the way things are.”