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INTERVIEW: Read and watch our interview with Assistant Manager Adi Viveash

13 November 2019

Coventry City Assistant Manager sat down for an in-depth chat with us, following the news that he signed a new contract with the Sky Blues.

In an interview, initially broadcast on our Youtube channel and social media and which can be seen below, Viveash expressed his delight at signing the new deal.

"I’m very pleased" he said. "It's been a really interesting journey over the last couple of years, a lot of ups and downs and changes along the way, but I think the work of everybody, all of the staff, is moving along quite nicely. 

"There’s still the biggest hurdles to come but I’ve enjoyed playing a part in it and what I’m being asked to do - I love coaching and being on the grass and I like working with the players.

"There’s been quite a few changes with the playing personnel over the two and a bit years and we’ve got a really good group at the moment that want to learn."

Viveash signed his new deal following Mark Robins agreeing his new contract with the Sky Blues, and Adi says the relationship between Manager and Assistant is a key one.

"It’s vital because you’re trying to implement his ideas on to the training pitch. We’re able to talk quite frankly. I challenge him, I think he’s honest to say that probably in a good way and sometimes he maybe feels like there’s a lot to take in, but we sort of go round it and get round it.

"I play Devils advocate with him so I think that’s the role I play - if he says things to me I look at the scenarios around it. We always talk about it - all the staff - but generally the Manager, about the what ifs. Or if we’re looking implement certain things in training or within matches, how long is that process? There’s a lot of stuff, detailed stuff that goes in every day."

Viveash joined the Sky Blues in September 2017, following illness to Steve Taylor, and he also spoke about his arrival at Ryton.

"When I got the call, obviously in the very sad circumstances around it, I'd just been on holiday and it had only been four months since I left my role at Chelsea, which was a very demanding and draining role. I was enjoying having a bit of down time because I needed it, probably more than I realised.

"Then when I got the call it was interesting. As he would know with me I didn’t answer straight away. I did quite a lot of research on the squad that was here because I had to work out if I could help him, because it’s a long way away from League 2 football to Champions League of youth football that I was - preparing players to try and get into the elite, to League 2 players that I didn’t really know.

"But when you looked into the squad, the calibre of player like Marc McNulty, Liam Kelly and Michael Doyle amongst many others, plus the emergence of Shipley and Bayliss during that season, then you realise there’s a number of players who could play a good brand of football.

"It was an interesting first couple of days when I came in, very interesting, and I was very honest when he asked me about what I thought, how I could help him and obviously there would need to be some changes, intensity of training sessions etc to get the best out of me working with him.

"We’ve obviously got stronger the working relationship as times gone on, as is a natural scenario."

The end of that season saw the Sky Blues win promotion from League Two at Wembley with victory over Exeter City, a culmination to the campaign that Adi remembers fondly.

"It's up there with the greatest achievements I’ve had and I’ve been very lucky won a lot of things as a player and as a coach in development, and it ranks right up there.

"It was the culmination of the work, it was eight months of work. I think the semi-final second leg at Notts County epitomised the work coming out of everybody. An incredible performance that was and the football we played was well, well above League 2 level.

"Then at Wembley I think we all felt first half it was just them waiting for us. I remember at half-time we were saying it's just ten percent more.

"Once we got the first goal you know its going to be a day if Jordan Willis scores goals like that, and Jack (Grimmer) scores a better one. Shippers a local boy scoring at Wembley and the fans and the scenes - it was incredible and still gives you goosebumps when you watch back now, but it was a massive day for the club to bounce back immediately.

"Since then I think there’s been a very fast evolution in terms of players, in terms of the style and in terms of the player characteristics the Manager's looked to bring in and implement and I think you can see that forward curve."

The Sky Blues Assistant Manager also spoke about the work ethic and development of the squad - as a group and individuals.

"We’ve certainly got a very dynamic group now and they want to learn.

"My job's still to improve Kyle McFadzean at 32, that’s why he came here, he said that to the Gaffer when he signed - he wants to be improved and he knows he can improve here. Liam Kelly at 28, Matty Godden 28, its not just about improving Sam McCallum at 18, we want to improve all the players.

"I think that work ethic coming in and being the best you can be every single day and that driving of standards is something the Gaffer and me are very keen on, and I’ve tried to help him push that as much as I can because I believe it’s right."

Viveash also spoke about this, and his day-to-day job at the Sky Blues plus his matchday duties in part one of our interview - which you can watch below.

In part two of our interview, Adi spoke about his career as a player and as a coach.

Swindon-born Viveash spent nine and a half years at his hometown club, playing under the likes of Lou Macari and Glenn Hoddle, who took the club into the Premier League.

He then moved to Walsall, enjoying five and a half years there and earning promotion to the Championship. A move to Reading followed, with promotion from League One, before spells at Swindon Town and Cirencester Town amongst others.

Adi then started his coaching journey, undertaking his badges. Working initially at Cirencester, roles at Swindon's Community Scheme and 'normal jobs' at Woolworths and Honda followed as he worked on his coaching badges - something which Adi says gave him an appreciation of hard work and the fortunate of being able to work in football. 

"I worked in Honda for three months, I worked for Woolworths, I drove in Reading when I live there. So I've done normal jobs as well, so I know how hard people have to work, and I think that gives you a value of demanding hard work from people, to come in everyday and give the best you can, becuase there's a lot of people out there doing tremendous jobs and getting litte reward."

He moved to Chelsea as Under 12s Assistant Coach - leaving The Blues nine years later as Under 23s Head Coach, following 2 Youth Cup wins and 2 UEFA Youth League wins. 

That progression as a coach through the system is something which the likes of Jason Farndon and Luke Tisdale can relate to, as they now follow the pathway from working with the Academy at the Alan Higgs Centre to the Under 23s and first-team at Ryton - something that Viveash belives is important for the club.

"It's vital for the club," said Adi. "It's brilliant to have a pathway. They've got the club in their hearts. They want to see the club at it's higest ebb and they are pushing the young players to be what he wants them to be to impact in the first-team." 

Adi's career so far, the coaching development at Coventry City, and the challenge of combining development of players and picking up league points is all covered in part two of our interview - which you can watch below:


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