Greg Hartley’s story is a unique one. He has gone from winning an FA Youth cup with Man City, whilst playing alongside the likes of Kieran Trippier and Kaspar Schmeichel, before moving his life out to the US to study at Georgia Gwinett College.
He is now back here, in the UK he most recently worked at Oldham as part of their coaching staff.
When asked about that famous Man City youth team, he said that that was the best moment in his professional life.
“I think it’s the biggest accolade I have got. Especially looking at that team that is filled with top premier league players, like your Ben Mees, your Kieran Trippiers, who have just been capped for England.
“It was a special bunch and you never really knew you had a special bunch until you won something. It was definitely one of the biggest things I have won and one of the proudest moments, just in terms of how big it was and given what they have gone on to, that team was special.”
But after being released by the blue half of Manchester in 2009, he took the unnatural route of flying across the Atlantic to the United States, where he got great success for the seven years he was there.
He has said that cultural change was massive compared to Manchester.
“There has been a lot of people who have done the same thing as me and haven’t been able to stay there, due to them not being able to accept the different cultures.
“I was in the southern states, so that was a massive cultural difference”