Our Coaching Team

With a playing career spanning 20 years, 15 years’ coaching experience and 8 years’ experience scouting for premier league clubs such as Everton, Manchester City and Liverpool, Craig is an excellent addition to the trial day team.

Craig also has 5 years experience of 1-1 coaching and holds a Level 2 coaching qualification, alongside a Youth Module 2, First Aid certification and a full DBS clearance.

Craig brings a wealth of experience to our trial days, with numerous contacts in the professional and semi-professional game.

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SAM TATTUM

Sam is a product of the Manchester City academy, who he joined at u10 and played right through to the u16 age group. He then played as part of the Manchester City youth team and went on to earn a professional contract with the club in 2015.

During his time at city, Sam was recognised at international level with Wales at both u17 and u19 age groups. 

Sam has recently also gained international experience for pro clubs in Norway and Sweden.

DARREN MCKNIGHT

Darren left home to chase his dream of becoming a pro footballer at the tender age of 15. After attending numerous trials throughout England and Scotland he secured a 3 year contract with Barnsley FC and worked his way up to first team level. He later left Barnsley to join Shrewsbury Town’s first team squad, and then joined Morecambe F.C. for the final 6 months of the season. Darren has also represented Northern Ireland from u15s to u21s.

Darren is a great example of the resilience and determination needed to succeed in a footballing career, and is a fantastic mentor to our trialists.  He is also an qualified FA Level 2 Coach and fully DBS cleared.