Charlie Oatway: ‘I had to be open when I signed my contracts – look, I can’t write’

Former footballer and Premier League coach helps kids fighting schooling and is passing on recommendation from his life

“I get sworn at less by the kids than I used to by Gus [Poyet], especially if I gave the ball back to the opposition too quickly,” Charlie Oatway says, breaking into laughter as he compares life on the touchline with working to help younger individuals fighting schooling as a household liaison officer on the Russell Martin Foundation (RMF). Oatway first labored alongside Poyet as a coach at Brighton, for whom he additionally performed, and adopted him to Sunderland, Spain and Shanghai however today his focus is on altering lives in Sussex, by returning to his roots and utilizing his difficult childhood as a robust software to which others can relate.

He remembers his mother and father, Doreen and Tony, being thrown to the ground by police and their home, on the White Metropolis property in London’s Shepherd’s Bush, being ransacked. His dad leaned on the Kray twins when on the run after a theft and hid in a flat above a tailors in east London earlier than being despatched to jail. His uncles and cousins have additionally spent years behind bars and Oatway spent two months in Pentonville jail for GBH, whereas on the books at Cardiff Metropolis. “I’d only just started to get to know Terry Yorath, who had just replaced Eddie May as manager. On a Saturday a couple of hours before kick-off I said to him: ‘I’ve got to go to court on Monday.’ He said: ‘Don’t worry, you’ll be fine, get back as soon as you can for training on Tuesday.’ Bang, I go to prison.”

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