On the Ball
With Richard Langley THIS week I m going to do my best to answer a few more of your questions: What advice would you give to young players coming into the game? The most important advice I have been given in my career is to be dedicated to the game, co
With Richard Langley
THIS week I'm going to do my best to answer a few more of your questions:
What advice would you give to young players coming into the game?
The most important advice I have been given in my career is to be dedicated to the game, committed to your training and to give 100 per cent every time you go out to train or play.
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This might not be the formula necessarily for a successful career but it is what will allow you to enjoy your time as a footballer and live with no regrets.
The last tip would be to listen to your coaches and more experienced team-mates for advice. Do not be scared or ashamed to ask anyone for help on your game.
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Which coaches or managers have been the most influential in your career?
I'd have to start with Gerry Francis because he gave me my opportunity and showed me a lot of faith. You need soemone to have that belief in you when you're young and Gerry stuck with me and gave me the confidence to believe I could have a good career.
Then Ian Holloway came along and he reinforced that. I was injured when he came in and he was great in helping me get back to fitness, always saying 'Richard needs time, he'll be a great player'.
Ollie and Kenny Jackett were a great team - they did so much to bring that family spirit into the club.
I enjoyed working under Lennie Lawrence at Cardiff as well. Ollie was more defensive minded, really, whereas Lennie was all about getting on the ball and creating chances.
Which was the greater thrill - your debut for your club or your country?
The minute your professional career starts is incredible. One of the players phoned up and told me it was on Teletext that I was starting against Barnsley.
Most of my family managed to get down to Loftus Road in time to see the game and see me score too, which was an unbelievable feeling.
My international debut was at Loftus Road as well, against Nigeria in 2002, and that was a great feeling too, but nothing beats your first match as a professional footballer.
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