GETTY Schinkel has set himself a 10 year target to get to the top after leaving his coaching role at Burnley to take over at Manchester.
The South African has left the Holden Road club after eight years on and off as a player and a coach to join the struggling National League Three Midlands club.
Schinkel (left) has joined Manchester on a short term contract until the end of the season but is confident that he can make a big enough an impression to prolong his stay at the Cheadle Hulme
“It is a risk but you have to take them if you are to get on,” said Schinkel. “I could quite easily have stayed at Burnley but I think I have come as far as I could with the club “I have made some
wonderful friends at Burnley over the years and have some great memories.
“They brought me to England and got me a job so I am grateful for that. But this was too good an opportunity for me to turn down.”
While Schinkel has stepped up three divisions from North Lancs Two, he joins a struggling Manchester side that has not won a game for three seasons.
And the size of the task ahead was underlined when Schinkel saw his new side lose 100-6 to Rugby Lions – the runaway league leaders coached by former England World Cup winner Neil Back.
“The first game was always going to be a right off because Rugby have been battering everyone this season but I always knew it wasn’t going to be easy.”
Schinkel had spells at Fylde, Halifax and Sale Jets before returning to take over as Burnley coach three years ago.
Now he hopes success at Manchester can improve his cv in his quest to land bigger coaching roles in the future.
“I played national sevens rugby and I want to coach at national level too,” added the number eight who was restricted to around 60 games during his injury-plagued playing days at Burnley, scoring
more than 30 tries. “It may sound far fetched but if you don’t dream then you don’t reach your goals.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Burnley. It has been a struggle and frustrating at times with very limited resources.
“I would like to think I have made my mark on the club but now I have set myself a 10 year target to get as high as possible in the game as a coach.”