What are the 3 best things about being 'England Team Manager'?
1. We share a great sense of camaraderie. It is inspiring to be part of an elite performing team.
2. Being able to contribute towards success at the very highest level.
3. Earning and keeping the respect and friendship of a dedicated set of athletes and staff.
What are the 3 worst things about being 'England Team Manager'?
1.Long trips away from home, miss the family.
2. Organising the washing!
3. Dealing with people who don't understand our "performance" need and culture.
What have been your 3 best moment as 'England Team Manager'?
1. Managing Great Britain at an Olympic games,
2. Beating Australia at the World Cup in Delhi, India. In the first game after a very difficult pre tournament phase when we received direct terrorist death threats.
3. Winning a bronze medal in Glasgow at last years Commonwealth Games.
Has your job as Team Manager changed since you started? If so, how?
The role changes dependent on the Head Coach's wishes. Jason Lee and Bobby Crutchley both have slightly different leadership styles.
However, overall, the role has not changed a great deal since I started.
Was it easy going from being a coach to being a manager?
I still coach a great deal. I am the England Indoor Head Coach and also Head Coach at my club, St Albans. The contrast between the two roles is one I enjoy.
I particularly enjoy the indoor role, getting the opportunity to coach the players I manage most of the time.
We know many players have pre-game rituals but do you as a Manager have any?
Not really, I do sometimes get quite nervous like anyone else, I try to exhibit an image of complete control on the bench, I have to think clearly and make pressurised decisions to ensure the substitutions run smoothly (up to 60 in a game). I also have to maintain squad discipline around the team bench. I do sometimes just try and switch off for a couple of minutes during the warm up before games. It gives me a chance to collect my thoughts and focus on remaining calm. It is very important not to get too wrapped up in the emotion of the gsme, particularly when we might be on the rough end of a few decisions.