Saturday, July 24, 2021

The Coaches Voice: Wheel of Fortune

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IGNACIO AMBRIZ

Club León, 2018-2021

When my playing career was coming to an end, I wanted to become a sporting director.

I was interested in getting a better understanding of how directors and club owners think.

Near the end of my last season as a player with Necaxa, I got a call from Javier Aguirre (below) to see if I would be interested in helping him with the Mexico national team.

My background as a midfielder, where you are always trying to bring order to the team, had helped me develop a commanding voice on the pitch. Coaches would give instructions to me to communicate to my teammates.

I went to talk to Javier and we had a discussion. “Forget about playing once and for all, and just come and help me with the national team,” was the first thing he said.

But I couldn’t get my head round that idea just yet . . .

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