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Glad Hatter! Coach Taff lands Luton job

28 January, 2021 — By Steve Barnett

Taff Rahman, pictured with the Guyana national team, will take up a new coaching role at Luton Town

COACH Taff Rahman is ready to add “another puzzle piece” to his footballing education after joining Championship side Luton Town.

The former Arsenal youth player will take up a development coaching role with the Hatters, working with the club’s 18 to 23-year-olds.

The 37-year-old, who lives in Swiss Cottage, already has a wealth of experience. He has worked as a youth coach at not only Arsenal, but also their north London rivals Tottenham, too.

He has also tackled the international game, having spent a year as assistant manager of the Guyana national team, where he helped the Golden Jaguars qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time in their history.

Taff is also one of the few coaches in the country to earn his UEFA “A” licence, and works as a tutor for the FA delivering various courses, including helping other promising coaches take their FA badges and UEFA “B” licences.

Taff Rahman (left) pictured with N’Golo Kante

His next goal is gaining his “FA Advanced Youth Award”, which will sharpen his skills even further so he can help elite youth players in professional academies reach their potential.

Reflecting on his new chapter with Luton Town, Taff said: “It’s a great opportunity to further refine my elite coaching experiences on the pitch.

“Off the pitch it will also give me a missing piece of a jigsaw puzzle and help me complete further educational learning, like the Advanced Youth Coaching award.”

Taff joins the Hatters as part of the Premier League, PFA Charity and EFL’s “Professional Player-to-Coach Scheme”, which was launched to increase the number of black and Asian players moving into full-time coaching roles in the professional game.

Taff will spend almost two years with Luton Town while also continuing his work with the FA.

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