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Robbo gets Clark's backing

Posted: Fri 07 Mar 2014

Lee Clark says he is keen to support Paul Robinson's coaching ambitions, alongside the 35-year-old's ongoing playing commitments.

Robinson, who his currently taking his UEFA coaching badges, was given the task of leading the Blues development squad earlier this week in their Birmingham Senior Cup tie against Hednesford Town.

"I want Paul as a player 100 per cent, but if there are opportunities for him to work with the development group or academy to learn and get experience, then I’ve got no issues at all," said Clark. "It was something I did myself in my latter years as a player and it’s very beneficial. 

"Coaching is potentially a route we can go down in the future, but Paul wants to carry on playing so we’ve got to still be aware of that. He has leadership qualities and for the future it’s something we’ll consider.

"Coaching isn’t just about what you do on then pitch  A lot of hours need to be put in behind the scenes and there are lots of seminars and coaching courses you need to go to. We’ve to make sure there’s a balance so it doesn’t affect his playing."

Blues lost Tuesday's game against Hednesford 4-3 after extra time, and Clark felt it was the perfect learning experience for his 35-year-old club captain.

"Some players think coaching is just a doddle and that all you have to do is put some cones out, but they don't realise the amount of planning that goes into it," added Clark.

"I think in 24 hours Paul realised what you come up against. His team changed five or six times in the space of those 24 hours and I think he went through the highs and lows of winning and losing matches in the short period of time so he had a baptism of fire!"
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