This book, A football Coaching Manual, was a great help to many PE (Physical Education) teachers in the 1970s and 80s. Published by the Kedah Education Department, it was compiled with the sole purpose of providing coaches at youth and other levels with all the information required in coaching and managing a team.
The manual, compiled by Dato' Seri Paul Mony Samuel, deals with various aspects of coaching such as physical fitness, technique, tactics, treatment of injuries and laws of the games.
Former FIFA Coach, Dettmar Cramer played a role in the compilation of this book, mostly during the Third FIFA Coaching Course held in Iran in 1973.
Dato' Seri Paul compiled this book with the intention of helping PE teachers, Youth team and Club coaches. During that time, this book was a great help to young coaches in the northern region. It also was of great assistance to journalist to learn to appreciate the technicalities of the beautiful game.
Nowadays, there are many different and modern approaches to teaching and training coaches and courses are also held at different levels. However, it is always good to have a written manual to refer to when necessary.
It sure would be great if Sports bodies come up with manuals like this for coaches and teachers, who can use some of ts contents when they train their school teams.
Dato' Seri Paul was born on 5th August 1945 in Kuala Ketil, Kedah. He had his early education in St. Theresa's Primary School and later at Sekolah Menengah Ibrahim, both in Sungai Petani, Kedah. He went on to study at the University Putra in Serdang
He served as a teacher in Sekolah Menengah Kuala Ketil from 1965 to 1979 and from 1980 began his career as a football administrator at national and international level. He started as an Assistant Secretary at Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and then went on to be its Executive Secretary and finally the General Secretary before he resigned and became FIFA's Development Officer in 2000.
He served as the General Secretary of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for a few years and now is fully focussed on developing football in the Asean region.