Jason Euell: ‘I am coach, manager, role model, mentor, big brother, dad’

Charlton Under-23 and England Under-20 coach on his ambitions, working with ‘more delicate’ players and the old Wimbledon way

Jason Euell decided honesty was the best policy. Although he has known challenging times, there was no point in hiding parts of himself if he was going to nail his interview for the job as assistant coach of England’s Under-18s. “We’ve all been through different chapters,” Euell says. “Not everybody’s going to have a fairytale journey.”

Euell is thinking about the final stage of the interview with the Football Association: the lifelines section. He spoke about his mother, who was a single parent, and how his uncle was his male role model. The 43-year-old talked about going bankrupt after a property venture went south in 2010 and explained how highs often accompanied lows, recalling how tragedy struck after he scored twice for Charlton against West Ham in 2001. “The next afternoon my girlfriend, now my wife, is going through labour and has a stillbirth,” Euell says.

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