Formartine United have confirmed Craig Feroz as the new head coach for their U14 side.
Craig was a professional footballer for over ten years, starting as a pro-youth with Dundee United Football Club before moving on to play for numerous clubs including Livingston FC, Ross County FC & Queen of the South FC. The former forward also continued playing in a semi-professional capacity at Junior level for Auchinleck Talbot FC, Irvine Meadow AFC and then Kirkintilloch Rob Roy who he later went on to manage before recently moving back to the North East Of Scotland.
Feroz was also a part of the Arbroath team that played against Rangers in a Scottish Cup tie back on the 11th February 2003 with the striker up against the likes of Stefan Klos, Shota Arveladze, Barry Ferguson & Fernando Ricksen. Rangers won this game at Gayfield Park on a midweek evening 3-0.
Craig started off speaking about his challenge with Formartine United by saying: “I am looking forward to the challenge, there was a couple of teams who wanted to speak to me regarding head coach positions however once I spoke to Formartine and their plans for the future then I made my mind up straight away.
“When I saw them play in a game, I realised there was potential there I could help that out to try and get the best out of the boys, we are now looking up instead of looking down.
“I am trying to assess what I have got just now, obviously through my coaching business I coach a lot of boys so I get to see the promise that some of these players have and hopefully I can take a few to Formartine, maybe not this season however next season.
“The Under 14s A league is very competitive, it’s probably one of the most competitive leagues in the Aberdeen & District Juvenile league, you have a top side such as Westdyke and we all hope we can aspire to them but I think we can close the gap on the teams at the top, maybe not this season however probably next season.
Formartine United have a last 32 Scottish Cup coming up after the new year when they host Bellshill BC. Feroz is very excited ahead of that game when he said: “Obviously this is the furthest that Formartine have reached in the Scottish Cup & that is credit to the management that were there already & the players. We are under no illusions how hard the game is going to be. In a one off game we are capable of beating anybody. It might be my 1st game in charge.
Feroz has worked under some top managers during his playing days including Neale Cooper, Jim Leishman, Davie Hay & John Robertson and Feroz is hoping that he can give the good things that these managers gave the forward when he worked in the professional scene to the young players at Formartine,
He added: “My look on it is to try & make them enjoy themselves & get to know them as some of them need a cuddle or encouragement.
“I am enjoying coaching; I’m getting excited more than anybody when I am coaching when they are doing something right. I never thought I would be into coaching the kids as much as I have.
“I have been away from Aberdeen for 22 years now, all my family are still based up in Aberdeen & it’s time to come back.”
Feroz also runs his own Soccer School in Aberdeen which is called Pro-Start Football Coaching:
“The feedback has been brilliant from it, we do a lot of 1 to 1 sessions & if the player is a winger then i’m a right back & I come home from sessions absolutely knackered. We have a few goalkeepers involved now as well so being a striker like I was it’s great as you can smash the ball at them. Myself & the boys put in 100%."