Published 25th June 2011
....football but he has dipped his toe in the water and comes with a coaching CV that is highly desirable.
Couzens said: “I was coaching in Saudi Arabia for over ten years after taking all my badges and then when I came back I spent three years as a development centre coach for Manchester United.
“As a coach for them you have to go to their state-of-the-art training complex at Carrington at the end of every season to be brought up to speed with all the latest coaching theories and methods and have to pass an in-house assessment.”
After three years improving his own coaching skills under the wing of one of the best clubs in the world Couzens wanted to test himself further.
He could have continued as a United development coach but there were no opportunities to progress so he looked for pastures new.
“I have always worked with junior sides and reserve teams at non-league clubs alongside my coaching commitments and have been quite successful.
“I also had a spell in charge at Ossett Town between running Bradford Park Avenue and Guiseley’s reserves,” added Couzens.
Couzens is looking forward to his extra responsibilities at first-team level.
“At under-19s and reserve teams you keep getting told who to play by the first-team management, even if that affects your plans, so I’m ready to step up,” he said.
“It has been a gradual thing because if you had said to me eight years ago, when I got back from Saudi, that I would be a Northern Counties East League Premier Division boss I would have said ‘no chance’ but things move on and it is a fresh challenge that I’m looking forward to.”