Gérard Jones has over 13 years experience coaching across most levels in the game, having worked in the U.K., U.S.A., Italy, Norway and New Zealand. Currently the Head of Coaching at SkyBet League One Bristol Rovers F.C., overseeing the development of academy coaching staff, Jones has previously been a Director of Coaching in the U.S. as well as being a former U21 Assistant Coach with Bradford City, an Academy Coach at Rochdale and a non-league Manager at Eccleshill United FC. In addition to being a UEFA A Licensed Coach, Jones holds the FA Advanced Youth Award, is a Qualified Teacher and Published Author.
1. In the last five years, what new belief, behaviour, or habit has most improved your life?
Writing my targets down and staring at them every day! It’s not new in the last 5 years as I’ve done this since I was a teenager!.
2. If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring young coach, what would that advice be?
Coach as much as you can, across as many different levels as you can and never stop learning! Experience is key!.
3. What bad advice do you hear most from your area of expertise?
Slow down which is ludicrous! Consolidate your learning…now go at your speed! If you’ve consolidated, good, now look to learn more and apply it! Don’t go at other people’s speed or be influenced by their negative thinking.
4. Who in your life, has inspired you most? (and why)
My mum, she worked incredibly hard and was constant in her approach, right up to the day she died, never stopped working hard for her family.
5. How would you best define a coach?
See the good and potential in a person and encourage that person in such a way that they believe they’re special and can learn and be better! It’s all about helping someone become better and grow.
6. What do you do for your own CPD?
Watch games, speak and observe as many coaches and leaders in different fields that I can, constantly pick people’s brains and try to reflect and watch myself back to find ways to be better.
Clipping games is key! Putting thought’s to paper helps and coaching as much as possible! That and attending conferences and opportunities to have coffee with people.