Hi, welcome to the McKillen Report, my new sports blog. I’ll be bringing you interviews with former Premier League footballers as well as opinion articles on a variety of sports in the coming weeks.
First of all, I’ve got a short interview with former Republic of Ireland international Matt Holland.
Why did you choose to go into journalism rather than coaching?
I think it comes down to journalism choosing me to be honest. After turning 30 the advice I got was to keep my options open. I started doing more media work but I also took the B licence coaching course. I was offered a coaching role but felt that it was too soon for me to take and then since retiring I’ve had more offers from the media side and decided to pursue that more. There’s always a part of me that wonders what it would have been like to go down the management route but I’m happy with the choices I’ve made.
What do you enjoy most about your new role and are there any tougher elements to it?
The thing I enjoy most is going to matches. I still get a massive buzz every time I turn up at a ground for a game and always wish I was playing. To be honest I love most aspects of the job. I suppose being on the road a lots the major negative but I feel very privileged to be doing what I am.
You were well known for your persistent work ethic and determination to play through the pain barrier. Looking back do you regret not taking more time off?
Not at all. Football was and still is my life. I may suffer a little now with minor niggles and injuries but I wouldn’t swap my career for a pain free body!