In 2011, Eric Macmanus left working in the EPL with Newcastle United to start a new coaching career in California. After initially coming to SC United, to work on summer camps and then to work with our g/ks in the fall (he is a UEFA A licensed g/k coach), we are delighted to announce Eric has decided to join the club in a larger capacity 2012.

His responsibilities will be to continue to developing our g/ks and to draw on his professional experiences to build a strong younger boys program in town. We welcome Eric and his wife to the community and club recently sat down with Eric for a quick interview to allow our parents and players to familiarize themselves with a key addition to the coaching staff 2012.

Question and Answer with new coach Eric Macmanus

What is your background in professional soccer?

I have been a professional footballer since I was 17, playing for Coventry City, Stoke City, Middlesbrough, Bradford City and various other clubs.

How long have you been coaching and where?

I have been coaching for 27 years from Academy boys to professional players. The professional clubs I have worked at are Walsall, Derby County, Newcastle United.

What is your coaching philosophy?

Enjoyment for kids and the desire to teach them incrementally the skills to play at a higher level.

What was the highlight of your career so far, coaching or playing?

Highlight playing was winning championship at Bradford City and making the world Cup squad for Northern Ireland. I have many highlights in coaching, such as taking a boy from U13 to become a professional and play for his Country. I have also been able to coach and work with top professionals Shay GIven (Aston Villa) and Tim Krule (Newcastle) who are great role models for any young g/k with their dedication and outstanding training habits.

What will your involvement with SC United?

I will be working on developing a grass roots boys program using the similar techniques and strategies I've used in professional clubs in England. I'll also be working as the g/k coach and provide attention to detail and assistance on set pieces for the girls teams. Later in the spring, I will opening a g/k school in town for all g/keepers in the community.

What attracts you to San Clemente United?

I am attracted to San Clemente because it a very happy, friendly and well run club with talented players and excellent coaches. Also has a nice community feel.

For more information on arranging a try-out with Eric Macmanus for the younger boys teams (U10, U11's), or attending his g/k school in San Clemente e-mail or phone 909-631-5676.