Tosh Farrell: Get the best out of young players

Focus on fun and watch your rising stars blossom, says Wayne Rooney's former youth team coach, Tosh Farrell

Tosh Farrell helped polish the talent of a teenage Wayne Rooney at Everton's Academy. As well as Wazza, Farrell also nurtured the likes of Leon Osman, James Vaughan, Jack Rodwell and Victor Anichebe.

There are few coaches in the country that can boast such a successful production line and Rooney himself, paid homage to the role Farrell played in his development.

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"He was great for the young kids there," said the Manchester United and England striker. "He really pushed me to do well.

"I think he saw I had the talent, and he always played me a year or two years above my age, really helped me progress to getting in the first team at such a young age.’’

Farrell has a knack of getting the best out of young players. Benefit from his knowledge and experience by watching this video.

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Also see:
Developing mental toughness in young players
Building mental strength in young players
Getting the best out of young players
Eric Harrison's 3 top tips for young players
How to catch Wenger's eye
Building confidence in young players
Tony Carr: Dealing with a step up in class
Peter Taylor's 3 top tips for young players
Damien Comolli: How to make it as a young player
Tony Carr: Psychology for young players

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