Mr. Negoro spent two seasons as the Assistant Manager at Romanian Lig. 1 side Petrolul Ploiesti between 2010-2012, and following a commercial takeover, this side has since went on to compete in the past two editions of the Europa League, being knocked out in the play-off qualifying round of the tournament by Dinamo Zagreb this season.
Before embarking on this journey back to his homeland, Mr. Negoro coached Drogheda United’s under-16 side in 2007, winning the league in his first season there.
While Valentin appreciates that the love for the beautiful game is evident in Ireland, he believes that the fact that the majority of coaches are required to manage teams on a voluntary basis can seriously hinder the development of young sides, and this is understandable, of course.
However, Valentin’s mission as a coach in Ireland is to ensure that children can adapt to his mentality and seek to further themselves as players with every training session.
“I like players who have a good mentality and are respectable, this will never change. I think that it’s much easier to develop the talent of a young player who is lacking in confidence but has the right mentality, than a player who has a lot of talent but the wrong attitude,” Mr. Negoro said.
Valentin can’t stress enough how important it is for players at this age to play attacking, free flowing football, as opposed to the “boring” defensive football that we see professional sides playing more and more often as they seek safe wins or draws in a competitive capacity.
“My philosophy is always to play attacking football at this level, developing the team to play good quality football where they have a lot of possession, can pass well and score a lot of goals,” Mr. Negoro added.
While back in Romania coaching professionally between 2010-2012, Valentin completed his UEFA A Pro License and is now a fully certified coach by UEFA standards who is a real asset to Bohemians’ youth set-up.
Following Val’s spell at Petrolul Ploiesti, he returned to Ireland with an impressive CV and a UEFA A Pro coaching license. Negoro sent his CV to a number of Irish clubs, but his resume really caught the eye of then senior team manager Bobby Browne.
While Browne was unable to offer Val a coaching role with the senior side, he pointed Val in the direction of the club’s youth section, where Val quickly took up a role as the head coach of the under-15 side, seeking to instil his positive attacking philosophy and possession based game in those that he sees as the senior players of the future.
Valentine is one of numerous coaches at Bohemian FC Youth Section coaches with UEFA qualifications.
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