http://footballgibraltar.com/2015/09/jolley-the-squad-has-learnt-many-lessons-since-ireland/ – Part One of our interview with Terrence Jolley. We recommend you read the link above before reading Part Two!
Starting from where we left off with Terrence Jolley as he reflects on this years tournament and the group his team has been placed in with Netherlands, France & Liechtenstein. “If I look at last years competition, we knew Switzerland were in the top 15 of the U19’s so we knew that was going to be a tough game. Ireland were in that top 15 aswell but we knew the way these teams were going to play, Ireland were a very strong team and would play strong football, proper English football and Switzerland would play the attacking football, fast and quick movement of the ball so it was a struggle to compete against them.”
Jolley added, “Holland & France we already know and from what I’ve seen from them on YouTube videos from U17 & U18, we do hope it’s those players which get picked as we still don’t know the final squad but they move the ball quick and they are both rated in top 5 of youth teams, which for me is just like jumping into a hot bath and scolding yourself, our first game is versus Netherlands then a days rest, then we face the hosts France, we know they are going to be hard games but it is our job now to work around the players and get them to realise that yes we are going to have to play counter-attacking football and if we have to defend with the power we have in defence then we will do and then Liechtenstein is a different kettle of fish, i’m not saying we are going to get a point because we were hoping to get a point against Malta but we didn’t so we will go out and we will give a solid game to any team whatever the score, we will keep our heads up and we will be playing, hoping to get a point against any team.”
Those who have Facebook would have seen the famous team-talk Terrence gave his side last year as they went out to face Ireland, we asked Terrence what he tells his team before every game, “I like to try and hype them up to remember that they are here representing Gibraltar not representing themselves, we are here to be proud of what we do, even if we are losing 1-0, head is always kept up high. My job is hard enough when players put their heads down, I always say just go for it, enjoy the experience that thousands of kids want, playing an international game against France or Holland and normally my first year I only had my first eleven and myself in the changing room, it was one of the most emotional times that i’ve ever gone through.”
Jolley added, “Last year I decided that i’d have all my technical team and my players in so they can all know and feel the type of atmosphere that i’m trying to build up for them to go out and play.”
Jolley gave us an insight in what he hopes to take away from this years tournament, “The same as last year and the same as the year before that, that the players realise the level we need to be pushing ourselves too, not just when you come training with me but when you’re sitting at home or when you’re going out at weekends and you’re thinking about what you should be eating or drinking, it comes from part of the GFA, it comes from your clubs but deep down players need to realise and see that yes i’m going to have the experience of playing at international level but I need to get myself fitter, i’m going to go for that extra run, i’m going to do that extra hour in the gym, that’s where I see the players in Gibraltar need to wake up aswell and help us do our job.
Lastly, we asked Jolley what the future holds for himself, “It’s a tough decision because at the moment there isn’t a lot of us [coaches] in Gibraltar anyway. I’ve worked with the GFA for a few years now, I’ve done all my courses and study groups with them. I really look at it now and think ‘Is this going to be my last tournament?’, ‘Am I going to push myself to another level?’,. It is very hard for me as a coach to say well i’m at a good level with the U19’s, could I push and try and apply for the U21’s whenever it comes out. Could I push myself and go for the A license, I have to look at it as a whole and see that I’ve used so much work leave in the last two years that my wife says when are we going to go on a holiday but I have to say that the football comes first. I have to look at these things first because I’ve had offers from decent clubs in Gibraltar from Premier and Second Division teams which have come and offered me very good jobs so i’m going to have to sit down when I come back and have a month off or at least until after Christmas and think about what the future holds for me as a coach in Gibraltar.”
Football Gibraltar would like to thank Terrence for his time and wish him the best of luck for the future.