Jamie O’Hara told a hilarious story about how Billericay Town players lost to models in a practice session.
In the later stages of O’Hara’s playing career, he joined the non-league team and became assistant manager and then club manager.
While Jose Mourinho uses drones and giant screens in Rome, the resources for people outside the Football League are very limited.
The former Tottenham and Portsmouth midfielder spoke of a session he organized with the players to try and give them some confidence… but the desired results were not quite achieved.
“We didn’t have state-of-the-art facilities at Billericay,” O’Hara told talkSPORT. “We didn’t have a screen or a flying drone.
“When I took over as an assistant it was one of my first sessions and I was nervous. I had just made my UEFA B badges and put on this attack-to-defense session.
“I put on a few rebound boards and played offense against defense with a few models.
“Passing the ball into the box to give attackers confidence, finish it off and score goals.
“It was dummies and a rebound board. The models won 1-0.
“I remember passing bullets and whipping them and the boys trying to get to the end and going and couldn’t knock on a barn door.
“One of the defenders tried to clear one of the balls, hits the rebound board and goes to the top corner.
“The rebound board won 1-0.
“It’s trial and error as a young coach. You learn and know not to repeat these sessions.