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Watch: Kris Lindsay looks to management as Glenavon man eases into coaching

By Gareth Hanna

Glenavon's Kris Lindsay is hoping his playing time will be kept to a minimum this season, and perhaps that in itself tells the tale of how he's finding the transition to the coaching side of the game.

The 33 year-old has this season taken up the role of player/coach at Glenavon ('with more emphasis on the coaching, hopefully' he laughs) and if Mark Sykes' recent praise is anything to go by, the Dromore man is as good at commanding a whole squad as he was at leading a defence.

Anybody who watched the centre-half's performances on the pitch would probably have found him an obvious candidate to go into the dug-out sooner or later. And it's a move that he wants to take all the way, even to management.

"I'm nearly finished by A license but long term, yes - that's something I'm interested in and I want to go down that line, " he said. "This is my first season as a coach and I've got so much more to learn. Working with Gary (Hamilton) and Windy (Paul Millar), I'm going to pick up so much and I'm just happy to still be invovled with this great club. It's still giving me the enjoyment of football, now that I'm on the wind-down of my playing career."

For plenty of players, hanging up the boots marks a tough period. Not for Kris.

"To be honest I'm not missing playing whatsoever," he said. "I'm on the training pitch and getting that enjoyment from taking sessions. The boys have been brilliant - they're really putting in the effort and they're reaping the benefits. We've had a decent start to the season. We can improve but we're heading in the right direction and its going well."

His Glenavon side are sitting third in the Premiership, just three points off Coleraine in top spot. So what's it like watching on?

"Strange. Slightly more nervous now than I was when I was playing," he mused. "You go through so many more emotions. When you're playing, you're caught up in the game but on the sidelines you can't really effect what's happening on the pitch. I'm trying to be good and shout at officials less than I did on the pitch. It's a change but it's a good change.

"It's difficult to go from being involved in the changing room to a coaching role but the boys have made it easy. They've listened to what I've been telling them and bought into what we've been doing. For me, it's all about training with high tempo, high energy. We're doing lots of things where we're working for short periods with high intensity."

Glenavon host Dungannon Swifts on Friday evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

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