Hayes & Yeading manager Phil Babb is not the only one at Kingfield with ambitions of forging a big career in the dugout.
Tom Bird, a summer arrival from Kingstonian, holds the same UEFA B licence his boss possesses and is currently working towards further coaching badges.
The 24-year-old spent six months in Chelsea’s youth team after earning a short-term deal in the wake of some strong performances on Sky TV show, Football Icon.
He did not make it as a Blues player, but he can still be found at the club’s Cobham training centre working as a coach alongside Hillingdon Borough player-boss Sam Hurrell.
Bird still dreams of getting back into the full-time professional game but, for now, is happy to be back enjoying his football at Hayes & Yeading.
“I was at Chelsea for a bit until I was 19 and then I came into the Conference South,” he said. “I then went to Kingstonian because I wanted to play football and I wasn’t getting any games at Eastleigh. I’ve stepped up here now and am ready to show what I can do.
“I still do some coaching at Chelsea with their youngsters.
“I am a PE teacher and go around schools in Surrey working on behalf of the club. I’m good friends with Sam Hurrell, who does the same thing, and I’m around the right people at the training ground at Cobham and in the development centres.
“I’ve dropped out of the full-time game. I’d like to get back into that obviously, but at the moment I’m doing my badges.
"I’m a B licence holder now and I’m learning my trade at Chelsea, which is a good place to do it.”
If Bird needs any other advice on studying for his coaching badges, he can always ask United assistant Tristan Lewis, who aims to get his UEFA Pro licence in the next two years.