Solihull Moors’ Jamey Osborne has spoken exclusively to Vital Solihull Moors, discussing his career so far, his start to life at the Moors and being reunited with Liam McDonald
Solihull Moors’ Jamey Osborne has spoken exclusively to Vital Solihull Moors editor Joel Cassidy, discussing his career so far, his start to life at the Moors and his hopes for the Moors this season and being reunited with one of his former bosses, Liam McDonald. Here’s what he had to say…
JC: You joined Solihull Moors in the summer, tell us about your prior footballing background and also how the move to the Moors came about.
JO: ‘I was at a few professional clubs when I was younger, then I joined Hednesford Town when I was 16, playing under-18s football. I then left them 18 months later and joined back with their first team within a year. That’s where I spent my next four-and-a-half years. I was held back from moving into the professional game, but I then went and joined Redditch United, whose manager at the time was Liam McDonald. The move ended up going through after a tribunal had to settle on a compensation fee.
‘Marcus (Bignot) then contacted me in February of this year and after agreeing a fee with Redditch I dislocated my shoulder for the third time in just over 2 years. Since then I have had it operated on, so I didn’t end up joining the Moors until the summer.’
JC: What did you know about the club prior to joining? What has impressed you most about the club so far?
JO: ‘I knew a lot about the club. I’ve played against them a few times and I’m also from around the Solihull area.
‘The professionalism of the club has impressed me the most and how the club is being ran from top to bottom. The youth system is very impressive.’
JC: What do you make of the Moors’ performances so far this season? How well do you feel the Moors can do?
JO: ‘It was always going to be tough coming into a full-time league with us still being part-time. I think we have done well and still think we have been unlucky not to get a few more points on the board. If we can perform more consistently then I think we should finish in a comfortable mid-table position.’
JC: Having played under Liam McDonald before, what were your feelings on his appointment as manager? How would you describe your relationship with him?
JO: ‘I was pleased. Liam is a very good young manager and tries to get his team playing the right way. He also tries to develop and bring in the younger players and give them a chance.
‘My relationship with Liam is very good. We both know what we each can offer and what we want from each other and in those ways we can both help each other.’
JC: Did you have any inclination regarding his appointment prior to him coming in? Were you asked about McDonald by anyone at the club prior to his appointment?
JO: ‘There were a lot of rumours going around before his appointment, so a few of the other players did ask me what Liam was like.’
JC: Has there been any differences in McDonald’s approach to this job in comparison to when you played under him before?
JO: ‘Yes, in ways. I think having the experience within the squad is massive in this league, but sometimes we have to change our approach in games depending on the opposition. Liam has noticed things very quickly in this league.’
JC: What are the differences between McDonald and Marcus Bignot in terms of their approach?
JO: ‘It’s still early days under Liam at Solihull, so it’s hard to say the differences between the two at this stage with different players coming in and going out. Once the squad is settled and Liam has got some of his own players in it will be easier to compare the two.’
Thanks to Jamey for participating in our latest Vital Interview!
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