Former England World Cup star Trevor Sinclair is enjoying getting stuck in at Lancaster City but admits life in the Evo-Stik First Division North has been a real eye opener.
The 41-year-old arrived as Darren Peacock’s number two in July and is getting increasingly used to the differences between life at the top and bottom of the football pyramid.
The former Queens Park Rangers, West Ham and Manchester City winger said: “I’m really enjoying the challenge.
“It’s been a real eye opener in terms of the resources and facilities that we’ve got to make do with.
“I have to get used to the ways things work like if a player wants to leave teams can just put seven days notice on him and things like that. “I think it’s one of those where the longer you’re involved the more you know about the talent around and things like that.
“On the flip side I’ve been pleased with the effort of the guys considering they’re working nine to five and then putting a shift in.
“I’ve been really impressed with them.”
Sinclair’s distinguished career means he could have started life higher up the coaching ladder but he has no regrets about coming to Giant Axe on his return to England after six years in Dubai post retirement.
He said: “When you start playing you start out in Sunday league, move onto counties football and then before you know it you’re making it as a pro.
“I’m doing to the same in coaching. “I could maybe have got a leg up with an academy like Blackpool or something like that but I wanted to make sure I got a proper education.
“I’d worked with children in Dubai and enjoyed it and when I came back to England wanted to get into the mens’ game.
“Once I got put in touch with Darren and we went for a coffee it was clear we were cut from the same cloth.
“It was a no brainer.”
Sinclair has also made fleeting appearances as a player for both City’s first and second string but doesn’t want to take away opportunities from the Dolly Blues’ younger players.
He said: “When I have played we’ve had a lot of injuries.
“It’s good to get involved and I do like to stay fit but by knee’s not right so if I did play in a game I’d need three or four days to recover.
“But when required and if I’m feeling good I’ll definitely have the boots ready.”
The midfielder’s urge to play may have been increased by City’s frustrating start to the season.
Sinclair however is confident a young Lancaster side will come good on a regular basis sooner rather than later.
He said: “It’s been up and down. “From what I’ve seen there aren’t many teams that I feel play better football than us.
“But we’ve got a young side and at times individual errors have hurt us.
“It’s a learning curve and we’re a work in progress.
“I certainly can’t say the lads aren’t giving in their all and there’s a great team spirit.”