Former Notts County and Mansfield Town midfielder Neal Bishop who retired from the game only last week has been rewarded with an exciting new role as Mansfield’s Elite Football Development Head Coach.
The 39 year old is a UEFA A licensed coach and has joined the Stags Academy to oversee the 16-19 year olds at the club.
Having made 78 appearances with Mansfield, Bishop only just celebrated his retirement party at the weekend following a career that spanned almost 20 years massing near 700 games with 193 of them at Meadow Lane whilst playing for Notts County between 2009 and 2013.
After agreeing to take his new role at Brooksby Melton College where Mansfield Town’s Academy are based, Bishop stated “Coaching was always something that appealed to me and I started doing my badges years ago. I’ve just completed my A Licence, so it’s all fallen into place.”
“I’m like a kid at Christmas. I can’t wait to get started and have so many ideas. There are some great coaches within the academy and I’m eager to learn.”
“I’ve played in every division from the Championship so I think I have a wealth of experience. After a good training session I’ve always made notes of it and I’ve coaching books at home.”
“I can’t wait to get my teeth into coaching as I’m passionate about developing people – I’m desperate to get started.”
*Main image @mansfieldtownfc Bishop made 428 football league appearances in total.