“The Right to Dream”

“I’m very fortunate to have a job that was my hobby.” – Frazer Robertson Frazer Robertson is now the Technical Director at the “Right to Dream” football academy in Ghana, a long way from his early days of assisting the PE teacher after school in Scotland. He believes that the opportunity to coach young players […]

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Jürgen Klopp: Winning Philosophy or Way of Life?

“My biggest skill is common sense. I understand life.” – Jürgen Klopp Jürgen Klopp’s success as a manager can undoubtedly be attributed in part to his favoured gegen-pressing “heavy metal” style of play, but is there more to his winning football philosophy than the positioning of his players on the pitch and the work rate […]

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Taking Responsibility to Improve

“Coaches can’t make a player a better footballer on their own; 90 per cent of it is up to the player.” – Eric Black The experiences Eric Black had as a player combined with the learning opportunities he had as a trainee coach gave him a valuable insight into what it takes to be a […]

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Coaching Influences and Ripples

“A good relationship between players enhances the performance of the team as a whole.” – Eric Black As a young player at Aberdeen, Eric Black was coached by Sir Alex Ferguson and Archie Knox. The move from Aberdeen to FC Metz then introduced him to a very different style of coaching, and these experiences not […]

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Stepping Up a Notch

“If you want to get to the top, get used to the new normal.” – Liam Kelly The “new normal” created by the coronavirus lockdown has shut down the physical game of football for the time being, but QPR goalkeeper Liam Kelly explains how “getting used to the new normal” is a mental strategy he […]

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Being a Better Coach

“Wake up every day and be better.” – Kenny Miller Kenny Miller has made the switch from player to coach, but it’s not his intention to simply coach, he intends to become a top coach. In coaching as in playing, Kenny wants to be the best he can be. Winning is a Process As a […]

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Putting Passion into Coaching

“He did put demands on his players, but I thrived on it and I always wanted to push myself harder.” – Kenny Miller Kenny Miller is as passionate about football today as he was when he first started to play as a youngster, and the passion he brought to the game as a player is […]

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The Art of Coaching

     “As a coach, you are judged by the quality of your communication.” – Lee Johnson Lee Johnson has many years of coaching experience under his belt, but he knows that developing the skills you need to be a great coach is an on-going learning process, and as he describes it:  “Coaching is an […]

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Having a Vison and Developing a Career in Coaching

“Always ask for advice, but never ask for a favour.” – Lee Johnson Lee Johnson, head coach at Bristol City, chose to embark on a career in football coaching at the age of just 24. He was still a player at the time and remained so until the age of 31, but he recognised that […]

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Becoming Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

 “The job of an older man is to notice what a younger man has done well and point it out.” – Carl Jung All the best coaches have a desire for knowledge and discovery, but it’s not just learning that sets them apart, it’s applying what they learn. It’s fair to say that not everything […]

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