Question time: Rob Kozluk talks to The Star

Former Sheffield United defender Rob Kozluk
Former Sheffield United defender Rob Kozluk

ROB Kozluk, aged 35, is a player-coach at Ilkeston FC and a two-time FA Cup semi-finalist with Sheffield United and Barnsley.

Q: What have you been doing today?

A: I’ve actually just been to a funeral. An old neighbour of mine recently passed away from pancreatic cancer.

Q: Who is your inspiration and why?

A: It has to be my children. I’ve got four kids. I’m incredibly proud of them and want them to be the best they can possibly be.

Q: Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

A: I was a big admirer of Bryan Robson. He was a brilliant player in the middle of the park for Manchester United.

Q: What’s your favourite other sport?

A: This might be a bit of a strange one for a footballer, but I enjoy ice skating. It’s a good way to relax after a game. I’d try my hand at anything though.

Q: Who is the most famous person in your phone?

A: That would be Phil Jagielka. We used to play together at Sheffield United and he sponsors my kit at Ilkeston.

Q: When was the last time you cried?

A: Today at the funeral.

Q: Who or what are you most proud of?

A: I would have to say my kids and my wife. Having a family is something I am extremely proud of.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?

A: To respect everyone around you. I feel it’s very important to treat people as your friend and respect everyone you meet in life.

Q: When did you know you were good at what you do?

A: Even if you know you’ve got talent, it’s not until you make your debut that you realise what you’ve achieved to get there. My debut came in a 4-0 defeat for Derby County against Liverpool at Anfield!

Q: What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

A: It’s probably what everyone says, but I couldn’t do without my phone! It’s just such an integral part of life nowadays.

Q: What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

A: I was a bit nervous ahead of the biggest games I was involved in - the FA Cup semis and the Play-off finals. I don’t see it as a negative thing though and I’ve always been fine once the match gets underway.

Q: Do you ever doubt yourself?

A: You do doubt yourself from time to time, but you have to believe in your own ability. Once you’re on the pitch, you leave any doubt or fears you may have behind you.

Q: What is your view on social networks like Twitter or Facebook?

A: I don’t use either. I think social networks turn you into a professional liar - you’re less likely to tell the truth when hiding behind them.

Q: How do you relax away from football?

A: With four kids, it’s hard to find time to relax in our house!

Q: Where was your last holiday - and would you go there again?

A: What we usually do is hire a motorhome and go abroad. It suits our family down to the ground! We went to Marbella recently and we would definitely go again.

Q: Do you cook? If so, what’s your favourite - if not, who provides that favourite meal?

A: I actually do quite a lot of cooking. My wife and I usually share the load. My favourite meal at the moment is probably lasagne.

Q: What was the last book you read?

A: I don’t read too much - it’s hard to find the time - but I did read the Madeleine McCann book (by her mother, Kate McCann), which I found quite intriguing.

Q: If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

A: I haven’t really thought about that very much - you never know, do you? I hope it would have revolved around sport in one way or another.

Q: Tell our readers in your own words why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

A: Sheffield United was such a big part of my life. All my kids were born during my time at the club. I wouldn’t mind returning there some day either.

Q: What’s your favourite TV programme?

A: Deal or No Deal. I hardly ever miss a show.