Q&A with Former Motherwell Striker & Current Rangers Coach Kevin Storrie
Ashley Calver caught up with Kevin Storrie to ask a few questions about his playing days and his current career as a coach.
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Your first club was Motherwell, how did you first get involved with the club as a youngster?
I joined Motherwell aged 14 and was part of their academy set up until aged 16 when I signed as an apprentice in 1998. As a 14 year old we reached the final of the Milk Cup tournament in N. Ireland and were beaten by West Ham who had player of the tournament Joe Cole in their side.
You signed with them as a pro with Alex McLeish as manager, how was he as a manager and what was the feeling like of signing those first pro forms?
Alex MacLeish was a great coach; unfortunately he left for Hibernian after only a few months of I joining so didn’t work with him a lot. A new manager came in and I wasn’t in his plans and I then left for Stoke City FC.
Some short spells following in England with Stoke and Palace before the injuries forced out to stop playing, can you tell us how and what happened with that?
I was with Stoke approx. one season playing in their youth team and an opportunity came up to go on trial at Crystal Palace which I accepted. I then took a gamble and left Stoke for Palace but whilst there I sustained a knee ligament injury which forced me to return back home to Scotland. I was out injured for over a year and it became harder to get a club once I had recovered and also unfit.
Did you have anything to fall back on once playing wasn’t possible or was coaching the only option you wanted to pursue?
I didn’t have anything to fall back on football was my life. I worked in a gym for a while as I felt a bit let down by football and the lack of support for injured or released players which frustrated me and took time out from football.
You worked your way back to Motherwell as a coach with academy, how was it going back and this time as a coach?
It was a great feeling going back to Motherwell as a coach. Although, almost all the staff were gone from my time there except for Stevie Hammell, who signed at the same time as me at 16 and is now the record appearance holder at Motherwell. I originally started of working in the community side of coaching going into school etc then completed my badges to UEFA B level and began coaching in the academy.
In March 2015, you have joined the Rangers coaching staff, we all know about the rebuilding at the club, what’s it like to be part of that process?
As a Rangers fan it is a privilege to be part of the coaching staff at Rangers. I currently coach within the community set up at Rangers and my aim is to progress to the academy once I complete the relevant coaching qualifications required by Rangers.
Finally what does the future hold for you, continue at coaching or advance up the ladder to management eventually?
I will be applying for the UEFA A licence next year through the SFA and have also been completing my English FA coaching qualifications to further enhance my employability. My main objective is to continue to work hard and progress at Rangers FC.