TheFA.com catches up with the new England coach after his first day in the job..
TheFA.com catches up with the new England coach after his first day in the job...click here for the full story...
It's easy to see he's a new boy. The look of anticipation on his face, the pride at being involved with the Senior team, and the excitement at the thought of the Senior international against the Aussies on Wednesday night were all evident as he strode around the England team hotel today.
We're not talking about Jenas here, or Beattie, or even Rooney. Rather Brian Kidd - a new coach in amongst the plethora of new players as Sven makes sure that 2003 really is the beginning of a new era for his England team.
Happiest when he out on the training pitch, Brian was delighted to get to work with the squad today, especially as he has known some of these players throughout their entire careers. The Manchester United boys in particular owe a huge debt of gratitude to Kidd for the time and encouragement he has invested in their progression - an investment that has paid huge dividends for both club and country down the years.
And, though he will of course continue to educate and motivate the players around him, Brian told TheFA.com that he is hoping to learn as much as teach during his time with England.
"Being here with people like Sven, Tord, Sammy [Lee], Ray [Clemence] and Dave [Sexton], you can't help but learn yourself," Brian told us on his first day in his new job.
"You're always learning in football so to be in this company and working at this level in the game can only be good for my personal progression."
Contemplating the way in which international football differs from the domestic game in England, Brian acknowledges that there are subtle differences but believes his experience will stand him in good stead as he prepares to make the leap.
"You see a lot of international football on the television, and there is no doubt it, it's a different type of game to the Premiership," he confirms. "But then again it's about this learning curve that I'm talking about. You need to make quick assessments.
"We have gained a lot of experience in European football over the last decade or so and I think that is very relevant when you talk about the international game. In European matches these days, you find that you face players from all over the world so they have that international feel about them too.
"I'll certainly be looking to take what I have learned from my European and league experience and put it to good use in the international arena.
"To be able to continue my development and serve my country as well is a wonderful privilege."
From Daniel Freedman at the England team base in Canary Wharf