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National coach Parsons provides a touch of Ten Hag at Leeuwinnen | Football

A few years later he went to a training and got a High five by none other than Ruud Gullit. “I can still feel his hand. Ruud was tall, had dreadlocks and while all the players ran across the field, Ruud was like a general continuously in control. And his balls with the outside of the foot… I had never seen a player like him.”

At that time, Parsons could not have imagined that he would one day work as a youth coach at his favorite club. As a footballer, he received youth training from Woking, a club at the fifth level in England, but when he started coaching a youth team at 14, it quickly became clear to him where his future lay: not on the pitch, but along the line. Especially when he missed his own game to coach his team.” He eventually ended up at Chelsea through an acquaintance, after which he soon stopped his internship as a technician at a car alarm company. “Since that moment my life has been dominated by coaching.”

A touch of Ten Hag at Lionesses

Parsons spent a month with Erik ten Hag at Ajax during a working visit in the autumn of 2018. He wanted to learn from a successful trainer.

“That didn’t necessarily have to be a coach with a full trophy cabinet, but above all someone who can successfully transfer his ideas to players. That’s how I ended up with Erik. I found it especially interesting to see how he creates a subconscious in players. Instead of yelling that you have to be chased off when you lose the ball, he organizes exercises in such a way that putting pressure becomes automatic. I do that myself now.”

‘Proud of Van Gaal’s words’

Where Louis van Gaal prides itself on his ‘total human principle’, fellow national coach Mark Parsons has a similar philosophy of his own: people first, people second and people third, and then football. “The intention is the same, I think.” Parsons and Van Gaal first met in April. The conversation was short, barely five minutes, but there was an immediate click.

“I told Louis that I have big shoes to fill, because Dutch trainers have set a high standard. He told me I was right and wished me luck. He thought it smart of me that I had joined the Lionesses, given the qualities within the player green. He also said I was here for a reason. It made me proud. he left me at feet tall to feel. Louis speaks with conviction anyway. He’s like a football professor. His team will be successful, I’m sure. I just feel that.”

11:30 pm This article was published on Tuesday morning 10:00 am and had the original headline: Parons Impressed by Gullit: ‘Can Still Feel His Hand’. Tuesday night the headline has changed. The article has been republished

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