Dylan Macallister MUFC Profile
RETIREMENT has been kind to Dylan Macallister.
After hanging up his boots last year following a decorated professional career spanning almost two decades, the 36-year-old entered the coaching ranks in pre-season at Manly United with an open mind.
“I had my C Licence (coaching) badge and was also fortunate to oversee the 18s (boys) late last year,” Macallister said.
“When Cristo (Andrew Christiansen) became the club Technical Director, a spot opened up to be Paul Dee’s assistant in first grade.
“It was a fairly simple decision.”
So how has Macallister adjusted to barking instructions to his former teammates from the dug out?
“Nothing much changes, maybe the boys listen a bit more now,” he said with a smile.
“In all seriousness, the players have helped with the transition.”
Macallister admitted he has found the technical side of coaching challenging at times.
“As a player you can take things for granted, everything is done for you,” he said.
“To actually organise vision and tactics from the other side has been different, but I’ve enjoyed it.”
The financial planner has also experienced the demanding side of coaching.
“I’m very lucky to have a supportive wife, I’m down at Cromer Park three nights a week plus game day either home or away,” he said.
“Aside from first grade, I’m working with the young players from the 13s through to 16s on shooting sessions, which has been great.
“I’ve got a fair bit on with a fulltime job, but that is what I want to be. Busy.”