Broughty Athletic JFC assistant manager Charlie King sat down and chatted with our Website Admin Team regarding life at the club so far. Read below what he had to say when the questions were put to him over a four finger Kit-Kat, two coffees and a slice of Lemon Drizzle cake…
1. So, Charlie, you’ve been here just over a month since you joined the club, how have things been during that time?
It’s been a little stop-start so far, to be honest with the festive period and weather conditions etc. However, it’s given me a chance to get to know how things work around the place, getting to know the players and how things work at training sessions etc. I’ve only been involved in two games so far but hopefully, a run of games will come thick and fast now.
2. How do things compare at Broughty to your previous club Brechin Vics?
Not a great deal of difference between the two that I’ve seen so far. Facilities wise for training nights and length of time to work on things has been great overall. Pitch-wise, truth be told, I witnessed how proud Brian Eaton is, and we all were, of Victoria Park, you just can’t beat that pitch.
3. What are your thoughts on our current playing squad, as in, do you see room for improvement or are you happy with the lads?
The squad in the last couple of weeks or so has grown with additions and injured players making their way back. That may be added to with a view to freshening things up soon with a view to finishing the season strong, as we currently still occupy fifth place in the league, and with an eye on our campaign for next season.
4. Coming from being a former player, then to a manager position, how has it been adapting to being an assistant manager at Broughty?
It has been tough, I’m having to hold back at times but I know my place in the pecking order. The gaffer(Keith) and coach(Tony) have been great with me since I’ve arrived and I want to continue learning, and I will for sure, the quicker the routine is back with regular games every Saturday will be better for me and all concerned.
5. You’ve played for six senior sides during your playing career, is there any game that stands out as a favourite to you and why?
My favourite game was, and probably always will be, was for Livingston v Inverness Caley. It was the second last game of the season, in May 1999, with both teams still in the hunt for the league title. Almondvale Stadium (at the time) was rocking with a full house watching. We won the game4-3 and what a game it was. We went on to win the second division and gain promotion too.
It has to be in the same game as above. I was very fortunate to score two goals in the first nine minutes of the match to put us 2-0 up and settle our nerves. We held on for the win though, a proud moment.
7. How hard was it leaving your post of player/manager at your previous club Brechin Vics having spent more than three years there?
It was incredibly tough leaving Brechin Vics. It was a tough decision I made with a very heavy heart but I truly believe it will work out best for Brechin Vics. The city of Brechin, in general, played a huge part in my career and life and I can only thank everyone for their help and support throughout my time there, especially the last four years or so at Vics.
8. What do/did you prefer…playing for a side or managing a side?
Easy one this, definitely managing/coaching a side. Of course, there were many sleepless nights after bad defeats, but they were made up for by winning big games. One game that stands out for me was when we knocked Lochee United, who were a Super League club at the time, out of the East of Scotland Cup, beating them 2-1 at Thomson Park. That was a very proud time as manager and not a bad night out after it from what I can remember.
9. Rumour has it you’ve signed as a player for the Fed also, any truth in this, shall we be seeing you strutting your stuff in a Fed strip soon?
Yes, the rumours are true. I’ve signed as a player so if the gaffer needs me then I’ll be there. I still keep fit and feel I can offer something to the team if need be. We’re going through a bit of a rough patch at the minute, with recent defeats and draws stuttering our campaign but I’m ready and waiting and will be there if and when called upon.
10. Finally, tell us a bit about Charlie King away from football life?
I’m been married to my lovely wife Natalie for 12 and a half years. We have two beautiful daughters, Mirren who is 10 years old and Jessie who is 8. In my work life, I’m a qualified dental technician. I hold a Uefa B licence too. I enjoy spending time with my family, catching up on sports and I enjoy a great night out with the lads, which I’m sure is due soon..