Talking about his experience on coaching courses, Jamie added: “You have to go in with an open mind, because I think what I thought and what I realised is that there are some people that have got really good, fantastic football knowledge, but might not be able to convey that very well to the players in a learning environment.
“I thought that's what the courses did really well, for me. I went there a little bit, as a lot of coaches do, wanting to impress people with my knowledge. If you've got the knowledge, and you know how then you can communicate that knowledge that is coaching and management, in a nutshell.
“I think the course did that really well for me just to slow it down, just to put it in some kind of structure and context. That was a really good thing for me to go on to those courses and learn that.”
There wasn’t much of a break between Jamie playing and coaching, and we were keen to find out how he managed that transition into management.
“It was interesting, because when I first went back to Bognor, I was the coach and Darin was the manager. After a year, we both had our A Licences, but if I was honest about it, I think Darin was a better coach than me.
“I was more suited to being a manager. I think it's important that you can do a little bit of both, but I felt that probably our skill sets were suited for maybe me managing and him coaching.
“We did a little bit of both, loads of sessions but you need a good partnership, you need a good team, and you need to be able to get the points that you want to make as a management team across to your players. I thought we did that quite well.
“I think it is strange, because I think when I went back to Bogner, we had some players that were teammates that me and Darin were now managing, and we were still quite young.
“Some of those players could have been hard going and made our life quite difficult but they didn't. There were lots of players that were of a similar age to us, but they were fantastic.
“They just knew what needed to be done and they were very, very supportive. I think we got lucky with that because in my experiences later on, sometimes when you when you have changing rooms that are a bit more hard to manage it made me realise how fortunate we were to have that as a first job.
“The club was relegated to the Isthmian South, so we had to bring a whole new group of players in who were younger and because we had a little bit of success, I think the players bought into us quite early. If we were maybe in the Isthmian Premier, or the Conference South and maybe hadn't had the success that you need, players would have thought maybe our ideas were a bit strange.”
One of the reasons Jamie may have taken to management so well was the mentors he’s had over the years.
“I've had a lot of good coaches over the years but probably one who had a big influence over me was Dean Wilkins. He was a very knowledgeable, very thoughtful man who really knew his football.
“Jack [Pearce] as a manager, as a coach, could really teach football and knows it inside out, but Dean was really good. We used to travel in a car, me, Kilpatrick and Dean and we'd just taIk football an awful lot so those were very key people in my coaching career as such.
“Keith Blunt I was with at the FA School of excellence at Lilleshall. I thought he was a really good coach and I liked what he did. Also, Pat Rice, I was very lucky at Arsenal to have Pat as a youth coach. We had Terry Venables at Portsmouth as well down there and that was brilliant.
“Jack taught me in one of his many team talks 25 years ago that you can categorise players in three categories, numbers, one, two, and three. Number ones are self-motivated players, a number two are ones we need to cuddle and give an encouraging word. Then number threes, pretty much do what they want to do! To win something you probably need seven or eight number ones.”
It was a very successful time for Jamie at Bognor winning successive promotions and taking the club back to the National League South. Jamie tells us just how important a good club infrastructure can be to a club’s success.
“I remember we were in the playoffs in the Isthmian Premier midway through our first season there, we went to Enfield away. Our goalkeeper got injured, our two centre-halves got injured and they didn't play for the rest of the season.
“We had a lot of good younger players, people like Doug Tuck, Ollie Pearce, a lot of young lads. The chairman said, 'why don't we use his time to play those players?' To which I said, 'well I think we're going to lose, and lose more than what we're going to win.'
“He just said, 'I don't mind that as long as we progress.' We didn't win a game for the rest of the season. We came fourteenth. But the year after that, I think we came second, with those same young players who were able to get 20 or 30 games.
“I think those young players then wanted to play for me because they felt I'd given them an opportunity. But I was very lucky that I'd got a chairman and a club that supported that. That gave me the reassurance I could do that without getting sacked.
“That's how I think you can be lucky when you can develop players you need you need good board and good chairman and people that understand football to know how the process works.
“I don't think a lot of clubs usually give you that time and to be honest with you, I'm sure Burgess Hill when I first started probably didn't think I was a great manager and they might well be right. But in my time at Bognor, we were in the playoffs six out of eight years, Sussex Senior Cup Final quite a few of those times as well.”