18-Year Old Becomes World's Youngest Football Senior Manager And Is Working With Real Madrid

Posted by Sama in Sports On 10th February 2020

Meet the youngest senior football manager who is responsible for managing a team of men who are twice his age and has taken charge of Welsh side Caerwys FC. The youngster has now been invited by the Real Madrid to work as their 'Clinics Coach.'


#1 'World's youngest senior football manager'

An 18-year-old student has recently been named the "world's youngest senior football manager", and is now employed by European giants Real Madrid to train up young talent in the UK.

Jordan Hadaway is a student at Liverpool Hope University during the daytime and at night he manages a team of men who are twice his age and with years of experience. The young man is managing the team as the boss of Caerwys FC, a Welsh club with more than 100 years' worth of history.


#2 Getting the golden opportunity to work with European giants Real Madrid

The impressive part of the news is that Jordan will be working as a 'Clinics Coach' for 13-times Champions League winners Real Madrid.


#3 Working hard to achieve his UEFA 'B' Coaching Badge

Though young but Jordan has worked hard to achieve his UEFA 'B' coaching badge, the same qualification Séamus Coleman - the captain of Jordan's beloved Everton - recently attained.

Liverpool Hope University has joined forces with LLS to train the next generation across the UK and beyond to become the sports industry leaders. This is the scheme that Jordan joined.


#4 "Despite my age, I always felt confident about earning the respect of the lads"

Talking about his experience, Jordan claimes that he feels very confident in managing the team, he explained, "Despite my age, I always felt confident about earning the respect of the lads.

"I said to them, 'If you don't want me here, just tell me'.

"We've got some senior pros, the oldest of which is 36. But I keep the older guys close to me while the younger ones are left more to their own devices.

"Do they call me gaffer? Yes, they do, and it's still quite strange!

"And I'm not afraid to dish-out a rollicking if necessary - though I haven't had to give one yet as we've been doing so well."


#5 Not giving up on his passion Jordan dedicated his energy to coaching

Jordan has grown up dreaming of becoming a footballer one day. But when told he was not upto it at age 16, rather than losing his passion, the young man dedicated his energy to coaching and now is reaping his hard work. He continued: "I was never going to get paid for playing football so I didn't see the point in doing it. I was like [former Everton full back] Tony Hibbert - steady, six or seven out of ten every week but I never went beyond the halfway line!"

With his hard work, Jordan has worked his way up from coaching kids to Caerwys FC's first team manager. On top of this, his dedication has also attracted the attention of one of the world's biggest clubs.


#6 Getting invited by the Real Madrid

Real Madrid invited him to their Bernabéu Stadium for a selection of lectures and coaching sessions and then invited him to become a salaried member of staff leading Real Madrid soccer clinics over here in the UK throughout the summer months.

Jordan explained: "I was recommended to the club, who waited for me to finish my UEFA B licence, and I'm now one of Real Madrid's members of staff.

"It's a pretty privileged position - getting to rub shoulders with the likes of Raul, Álvaro Arbeloa, Roberto Carlos and Santiago Solari - and I'm loving it."


#7 Regardless of his early career success, Jordan is not sure if he wants to be a fulltime football manager after completing his degree

Still studying towards his degree in Sports & PE combined with Special Educational Needs with the aim of becoming a primary school teacher, Jordan is not completely sure that he wants to become a fulltime football manager in the future.