Lee Fowler says getting some early success as a manager with Ilkeston Town is only inspiring him to work harder.
The former Forest Green, Wrexham, Fleetwood Town and Kidderminster midfielder has ventured into first-team management this season.
The Robins were crowned champions with a final day 8-0 win over Loughborough University to win promotion to Step 4.
In an interview for this Sunday’s NLP, the 35-year-old explains how determined he is to make his second career a long and fruitful one.
“I always asked questions as a player,” Fowler said. “Some managers probably thought it was being disrespectful but it was just that I wanted to know the reasons behind things. If we were playing a certain way, why were we?
“Managers can be lazy. A reason why they aren’t successful is they won’t put the work in. I can deal with not being good enough, but I can’t deal with not working hard enough. By me working hard and spending, probably my family time really, to watch teams and see set-plays, patterns of play, that’s going to hopefully help me in the long run.”