BRAIN FOOD: Unlikely Managers - Rugby Coach - Nigel Melville, Gloucester Rugby Club

When did you become a manager?

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

I started coaching for Otley, then moved to Wasps in 1996. I moved to Gloucester in 2002. I'm now director of rugby.

What does management mean to you?

It involves running budgets, the admin, getting people where they need to be, making sure it all works. Leadership means providing a direction for the club - where we want to go in the next two years. I look after all things rugby, not just coaching but admin and the contract side, and I manage a budget of £3 million. I spend 50% of my time in the field and 50% in the office. It's complex managing the rugby team - players get older, get injured. I have to get the team to blend, to give them motivation.

You need administrative talent, an ability to understand the game and the coaching side, an eye for players.

What do you love/hate about it?

I love getting the best out of the players and realising their ambitions and potential. I hate spending too much time in the office and not being out on the field.

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