Fabrice Muamba Joins Rochdale as Academy Coach

  • September 25, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Six years after announcing his retirement, Fabrice Muamba has returned to football as an academy coach at Rochdale.

Muamba, who suffered an on-field cardiac arrest whilst representing Bolton in an FA Cup sixth-round tie at Tottenham Hotspur in March 2012, never returned to the field as a player and has spent time both coaching and as part of the media in the years that have followed.

Now 30-years-old, the former England youth international said the opportunity to link up with Dale was too good to turn down and could eventually provide him with a breakthrough into management.

"For me, it was an opportunity that I just couldn't say no to, and I just want to make the most of it," Muamba told rochdaleafc.co.uk.

"I was doing my Youth Award and the tutor is a good friend of Brett [Rochdale AFC Development Centres Manager]. I don't live far from here so it was a great opportunity. Since I've been here it's been a very helpful experience.

"Hopefully this can help me finish my badges and see where it takes me. It's been a fantastic first few weeks and really enjoyable so far.

"Everybody who played the game will tell you that the next best thing after playing football is being on the touchline.

"Hopefully I can share my knowledge and see what I bring to the table. There is a lot of competition in terms of coaching in this country, but at the same time I feel I have something to offer.

"I just feel like it's somewhere to get more time on the pitch in terms of coaching and hopefully that will help me long-term. Being able to be somewhere I'm coaching consistently will be helpful for me."

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