Meet 'The World's Youngest Senior Football Manager' Who Is Working With Real Madrid
An 18-year-old student has been named the 'world's youngest senior football manager', and is now employed by European giants Real Madrid to train up young talent over here in the UK.
Perhaps even more impressive, he has been working as a 'Clinics Coach' for 13-times European Cup/Champions League winners Real Madrid.
Even though he's still a teenager, Jordan has worked to earn his UEFA 'B' coaching badge, the same qualification Séamus Coleman - the captain of Jordan's beloved Everton - recently attained.
Explaining what it's like to take charge of men much older than him, Jordan explained: "Despite my age, I always felt confident about earning the respect of the lads.
"I said to them, 'If you don't want me here, just tell me'.
"We've got some senior pros, the oldest of which is 36. But I keep the older guys close to me while the younger ones are left more to their own devices.
"Do they call me gaffer? Yes, they do, and it's still quite strange!
"And I'm not afraid to dish-out a rollicking if necessary - though I haven't had to give one yet as we've been doing so well."
Jordan dreamt of a career playing football himself, but - like so many of us - was told he wasn't up to it at age 16. Since then, he's dedicated himself to coaching, and is now reaping the rewards.
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He continued: "I was never going to get paid for playing football so I didn't see the point in doing it. I was like [former Everton full back] Tony Hibbert - steady, six or seven out of ten every week but I never went beyond the halfway line!"
Now, he's worked his way up from coaching kids to Caerwys FC's first team manager.
On top of that, his exploits have attracted the attention of one of the world's biggest clubs.
Real Madrid invited him to their Bernabéu Stadium for a selection of lectures and coaching sessions, and then invited him to become a salaried member of staff leading Real Madrid soccer clinics over here in the UK throughout the summer months.
Jordan explained: "I was recommended to the club, who waited for me to finish my UEFA B licence, and I'm now one of Real Madrid's members of staff.
"It's a pretty privileged position - getting to rub shoulders with the likes of Raul, Álvaro Arbeloa, Roberto Carlos and Santiago Solari - and I'm loving it."
That's not bad company to be in.
Regardless of the success he's seen in his early coaching career, Jordan isn't yet sure whether he wants to become a full-time footy manager.
In fact, he's still studying towards his degree in Sports & PE combined with Special Educational Needs with the aim of becoming a primary school teacher.
Words by Tom Wood
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