Our Coaching Team

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

Coach

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 and currently plays for Brattvag IL.

DARREN MCKNIGHT

Senior Coach

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.

Ben chapman

SENIOR COACH / goalkeeper SPECIALIST coach

Ben started his football journey as a Goalkeeper for Bury Football Club Centre of Excellence. When moving into coaching Ben started at grassroots level before moving into goalkeeper specific coaching. Since then he has joined Irlam Football Club as the goalkeeper coach and also coaches for Salford City Lionesses in the women’s game.

With over 5 years coaching experience, Pro11 is delighted to welcome Ben as our Goalkeeper Specialist coach.

Robert Curran

SENIOR Coach / WOMEN'S GAME SPECIALIST COACH

Rob has over 10 years experience working at Manchester United. During his time there he worked with the development academy for ages 6-9 and also with the Female Centre of Excellence. The players he has worked with are now playing professionally in the women’s Superleague and women’s Championships at clubs such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Leicester City and many more. 

Rob is currently the first team coach for Stockport County Ladies, having previously been Assistant Manager for AFC Fylde women’s team.  Rob is also a scout for several non-league clubs, recruiting players from the age of 11 to the age of 25.

Throughout his coaching career Rob says he has been lucky enough to work with some exceptional footballers in both the female and male game. His passion is to improve a player on their technique and also their knowledge, when and where he can use a certain skill or technique. We are delighted to welcome Rob to Pro11 in the role of coach, and also specialist coach for the women’s game.