Unformatted text preview: LearnEnglish Professionals FOOTBALL MANAGEMENT AUDIOSCRIPT Listen to an interview with Paul, who is training to be a football manager. Optional exercise Listen to the interview and choose the correct answer. 1. W hat does Paul say about his f ootball career? a. He played f or a lot of diff erent clubs. b. He played f or Manchester United. c. He stopped playing when he was 16. 2. W hat does Paul think about a lot of f ootball managers? a. They usually encourage players to become coaches. b. They’re not very good at management. c. They’re not very good at f ootball. 3. W hen does he hav e to attend the course? a. Once a week f or a year. b. Mainly in the summer. c. Full time f or a year. Interviewer: Paul, can you tell me how you got interested in being a f ootball manager? (Answers below) Paul: Yes, well I started out as a prof essional f ootballer. I played f or quite a few clubs in the lower leagues, and I even had a trial at Manchester United, although nothing came of it. In my last club, the manager encouraged me to do some coaching, which I really enjoyed. And that’s when I thought maybe I could make it as a manager. Interviewer: So what happened next? Paul: I started working f or my coaching licence, and then I heard about a certificate in f ootball management, and applied f or a place on the course. Interviewer: I’v e always thought that most managers just learn on the job. W ere you not tempted to just giv e it a go anyway? Paul: Not really. I’v e seen so many managers come and go and a lot of them, to be honest, weren’t really that good at their job. And I’m your typical f ootballer – I lef t school at 16 so I haven’t had that much of an education. I didn’t feel confident that I could deal with things like finance and negotiating with people. Interviewer: And is that the kind of thing you learn on this course? Paul: Yes, it really covers ev erything you need to know: leadership skills, talking to the media, handling pressure, public speaking. I’ve got a lot more confidence and am really looking f orward to my first managerial job. Interviewer: How does the course work in practice? I believe you’re working as well as studying. Paul: That’s right. After I got my coaching licence I got a job as a coach with a second division team. It’s no problem combining work with studying, though. In f act you need to be playing or working in football to get on the course. It fits in well because most of the course takes place during two summer schools, one at the beginning and one at the end of the course. There are a f ew workshops during the year, which we f it around our schedules. So really I’m learning on the job – I can put into practice what I’ve learnt. Interviewer: Paul: And f inally, would you recommend this route into football management? Yes, most definitely. I think all managers, even existing ones, should do the course. Answer s: 1 a, 2 b, 3 b www.br itishc ouncil.or g/pr of essionals.htm © The British Council, 2007 The United Kingdom’s in ternational orga nisation for educational opportunities and cu ltural relations. W e are registered in England as a charity. ...
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