Cristian Colas arrives in the UK this week ready to take the reigns at Biggleswade United.
The 31 year-old from Barcelona was appointed manager earlier this month and leader of the exciting project at United headed by Director of Football, Guillem Balague.
Colas began coaching back when he was just 16 before taking his UEFA coaching licence in 2007.
He then coached in football academies in Barcelona before moving to Finland where he has spent the last three years coaching in Helsinki.
But this season he will be applying his knowledge here in Biggleswade and hopeful of leading the club to promotion.
“It is the biggest challenge of my career so far but when the opportunity arose I had to grasp it,” he said.
“I really believe in this project that we have started, there is a lot of qualified people involved and it seems amazing even before we have started.”
“I haven’t come here for a holiday, I’m here to win, to improve the players as soon as possible and get really high quality performances from the team.”
Whilst many clubs and players will be winding down after a long season, Colas is eager to get started and has arranged Biggleswade’s pre-season to beginon June 27.
Results throughout the season are important but not necessarily the priority.
“The key thing for us firstly is to win as we want to improve on last season significantly. I want to create a unity spirit so that every single person at the club feels involved and that begins with building a committed squad of players who fight together.”
“But we want to engage the players in a philosophy, we want to arrive at results by playing a certain way. We (the staff) have our ideas and we look to implement them to the players.”
The Spanish ideology of football is well known. Real Madrid and Barcelona have won the last two European Cup trophies and the national team, two European Championships and the World Cup in 2010. All those teams have won by playing the ‘Spanish’ way.
“We aren’t going to make any crazy changes at first, we understand where we are at the moment, this is our starting point.”
“This season we want to enforce our ideas and make a solid foundation to this project. This isn’t a short term project, we want to go places with it.”
“We have set up to grow as a club, develop in a competitive way but also as a structure. It is really important for us that we include everyone in this project, that includes our academies.”
“This transition will take time but my idea is not to be here for just one year.”