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Humphreys on Continuing as PFA Chairman

29 May 2016

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With Ritchie Humphreys confirming his playing role - along with a new coaching one - for 2016/17, it means the player is able to continue in his position as PFA chairman.

Humphreys has been in the prestigious national role since 2013 and he follows in the footsteps of former chairman including Jimmy Hill, Gordon Taylor, Pat Nevin and Clarke Carlisle.

It's a role that comes with its share of hard work and responsibilities, with Humphreys delighted to have the oppertunity to carry on: “As a player I will be continuing my work as chairman of the PFA. I’m really proud of that and it’s something I really enjoy doing. It gives the PFA a bit of continuity instead of chopping and changing each year. 

“I don’t know if this will be my last season, but this will be my fourth year of doing it, I feel I can continue with the good work and try and improve as we move along as a union."

As well as a two decade career and his PFA role, Humphreys is also well-qualified for his new coaching role with the Spireites, holding several badges and also considering the more administrative sides required for the role.

“I have my B license and my A license and instead of going on to doing my pro license I went to Warwick University to do an applied management course. It's a certificate all to do with football management and coaching, not out on the grass but in the classroom with everything else that goes with managing that you don’t do on your practical coaching sessions," he explained.

“There’s a media side of it, a finance side, planning, recruitment as well as the other important facets that need to be considered. That was really interesting, it was over ten days during the summer, you’d go away and do assignments before going back the next summer.

“It’s at the time of year when you want to be away with your family but there are qualifications that you need that can help you in your roles. We were all like-minded people on the course, looking to better ourselves and help each other through it.”

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