18-year-old Jordan Hadaway has been named the ‘world’s youngest senior football manager’, having been employed by European giants Real Madrid to train the club’s young talent in the UK.
Jordan is a student at Liverpool Hope University by day, but by night he manages men twice his ages as the boss of Welsh football club, Caerwys FC. Even more impressively, he has been working as a ‘Clinics Coach’ for 13-times European Champions, Real Madrid, having earnt his UEFA ‘B’ coaching badge, despite still being a teenager.
Explaining what it’s like to take charge of men much older than himself, Jordan explained: “Despite my age, I always felt confident about earning the respect of the lads.
“I said to them, ‘If you don’t want me here, just tell me’.
“We’ve got some senior pros, the oldest which is 36. But I keep the older guys close to me while the younger ones are left more to their own devices.
“Do they call me Gaffer? Yes, they do, and it’s still quite strange!
“And I’m not afraid to dish-out a rollicking id necessary – though I haven’t had to give one yet as we’ve been doing so well.”
Jordan continued: “I was never going to get paid for playing football, so I didn’t see the point in doing it. I was like [former Everton full back] Tony Hibbert – steady, six of seven out of ten every week but never went beyond the hallway line!”
Jordan has now worked his wat up from coaching kids to Caerwys FC’s first team manager.
On top of that, his exploits have attracted the attention of one of the world’s biggest clubs.
Real Madrid invited him to their Bernabéu Stadium for a selection of lectures and coaching sessions, and then invited him to become a salaried member of staff leading Real Madrid soccer clinics over here in the UK throughout the summer months.
Jordan explained: "I was recommended to the club, who waited for me to finish my UEFA B licence, and I'm now one of Real Madrid's members of staff.
"It's a pretty privileged position - getting to rub shoulders with the likes of Raul, Álvaro Arbeloa, Roberto Carlos and Santiago Solari - and I'm loving it."
Regardless of the success he has seen in his early coaching career, Jordan isn't yet sure whether he wants to become a full-time manager; In fact, he's still studying towards his degree in Sports & PE combined with Special Educational Needs with the aim of becoming a primary school teacher.
Author: James Parker