Jon de Souza was appointed Academy Manager at Colchester United in July 2016, after a coaching career that has taken him from club he joined as a schoolboy, Luton Town, to a coach education role at the Football Association and Brentford FC. PDP spoke to Jon about his career, and discussed the importance of coaching the individual.
Jon de Souza began his footballing journey at Luton Town, signing for the Hatters as an under-14 player. Despite their fairly lowly status, Luton Town are a club with a reputation for producing fine footballers; in the youth team at the same time as Jon were several who would go on to play Premier League football, such as Jerome Thomas, Kevin Foley, Leon Barnett and Curtis Davies. Future England and Republic of Ireland internationals Matty Upson and Gary Doherty were also at the club a couple of years ahead of de Souza.
It gave Jon a feeling that the Premier League wasn’t actually that far away. But although he made it through the ranks to the under-18s, Jon “didn’t quite make it”...
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