Anthony Limbrick tells HITC Sport of his ambitions to manage at the highest level and working his way up the ladder.
Anthony Limbrick is impressing in his first managerial role at Woking.
Anthony Limbrick has coached some of the best young talent in the Premier League and on the international stage and he is keen to get back to those heights in his management career.
The Australian-born coach embarked on his first senior management role this summer after deciding to take over at National League side Woking and Limbrick is already making waves in non-league football for his style of football and his development of players.
Woking finished 18th in the National League table last season, only securing safety on the final day of the campaign and the club decided to part company with long-serving manager Garry Hill as the club wanted to go in a new direction.
The gamble to employ the inexperienced Limbrick appears to be paying with Woking riding high in the National League just one point off the top of the table after 14 games.
Limbrick, who coached at Southampton and West Ham's academies as well as working for the Football Association at youth level, is enjoying the challenge of cutting his teeth in senior management in non-league football at Woking.
"It has been a challenge this league as it is a tough league," noted Limbrick. "There are big teams, small teams all with different styles and you have to adapt to them.
"This is my first management job and there is pressure of getting the three points and winning games, but I am enjoying the pressure."
Question marks were raised over Limbrick's appointment, but the doubters have been quickly won over with the Australian transforming the club's fortunes in such a short space of time.
The forward-thinking manager is keen to develop himself and the players that he comes into contact with.
"I think we have surprised a few people so far even our own fans with our form," added Limbrick. It is a brand new team and there is quality in our team, but we are still building results and performances.
"It was important we got the recruitment right so that the players adapt to my philosophy and methods.
"I have worked with younger players who all want to learn and the older players here still want to learn so it is about getting that right mix.
"I want to develop and get better and so do the players so it is all about adapting to things.
"We want to improve from last season and our aim is to finish in the top half of the table, but with two extra play-off spots available it opens up options and we will continue to do our best to stay up there although the league has not really settled down yet and it is so tight."
The ambitious Australian earned a reputation as one of the best youth coaches in the country during his six years at Southampton's academy before moving onto the FA and then West Ham prior to his arrival a Woking and Limbrick admits he learned so much in that time working under the likes of Nigel Adkins and Mauricio Pochettino.
"I learned so much from working at those clubs and with England and I try to implement that into my work every day," continued Limbrick.
"Southampton was a great academy and I learnt off so many great people there and picked up many valuable lessons.
"Nigel Adkins was great to work with and I got on very well with him. Mauricio Pochettino was also a very big influence on me watching him work and how he went about things was inspirational to me.
"I had a taste of working with the elite players in the country at that level when I was England and during my 18 months with West Ham I also worked with some wonderful people and I feel it has all stood me in good stead to become the manager I am now."
Although it is early days in Limbrick's fledgling managerial career he is not afraid to set his targets high and one day be competing against the likes of Pochettino rather working under him.
"Of course it would be a dream to manage against some of the best managers around and I am every so grateful to Woking for this opportunity and I want to take them as far as I can," concluded Limbrick.