Tag: original coach

The seeds of hope being planted at Manchester City’s academy

When Sheikh Mansour sanctioned the purchase of Manchester City back in September 2008, many neutral supporters believed that the Arabian Deputy Prime Minister would leave the club soon after. That, however, was…

Analysing the Roberto Martínez system at Everton

YOU CAN’T ACCUSE EVERTON MANAGER Roberto Martínez of taking the easy route. Throughout his career he has made choices and moves that have taken him out of his comfort zone. These difficult choices…

Kevin Nicholson: a coach looking to the future

THERE AREN’T MANY YOUNG COACHES in today’s British game that can successfully draw your attention amidst the hubbub of modern football, but Kevin Nicholson is already doing just that. In an era…

Frank Nuttall: the British coach defying the odds abroad

REAPING IMPROVEMENT AND SUCCESS year after year is a tricky scheme to accomplish for even the very best and most capable of managers and players. Simply put, the art of long-standing perfection…

How Icelandic players’ unique mentality is facilitating success

THE MENTALITY OF ICELANDIC FOOTBALL PLAYERS is something that foreign managers have often addressed. The number of quotes are both varied and numerous in their existence, all praising the attitude and focus on…

Iceland’s growth through its top level footballers

IN RECENT YEARS, THERE HAS BEEN A MAJOR CHANGE in the way Icelandic national team stars ply their trade. A greater number than ever are in overseas leagues, which in turn – often for…

Lars Lagerbäck and Iceland’s managerial revolution

HIRING LARS LAGERBÄCK HAS BEEN A HUGE PART OF ICELAND’S SUCCESS over the last three years according to Freyr Alexandersson, manager of Leiknir and the Icelandic national women’s team. Lagerbäck, and his assistant…

The importance of facilities in player production

THE WEATHER IN ICELAND CAN BE HUGELY UNPREDICTABLE and changes the way training is conducted. The obvious drive in Iceland toward the building of better sporting facilities has altered that reality dramatically.…

Football’s agitators and agents of chaos

MY FIRST FORAY INTO A TRUE BRAWL DISGUISED AS A FOOTBALL GAME was when I was 16-years-old. I had been “recruited” by a group of stockyard workers from Eastern Europe to play in…

How coach education set Iceland up for success

SPAIN, GERMANY AND BELGIUM are countries that the rest of the world have looked to regarding the production of players in recent years. Iceland, however, has started to make similar waves in their…

Tactics and counter-tactics by Tim Lees

FOLLOWING ON FROM OUR RECENT INTERVIEW with former Liverpool, Wigan and Watford academy coach Tim Lees, we talk to the young trainer about tactics, formations and countering threats on a football pitch. *…

Wonderkids and football’s desperate need for patience

THE TERM ‘WONDERKID’ IS OFTEN USED when referring to a talented young footballer. A player that shows great promise or stands out amongst players older than him. Like a drop of blood falling…

Steve Darby: integrity, honesty and inspiration

AN HONEST RESPONSE IS EXACTLY WHAT THE PRESS LIKE TO HEAR as often as possible, in any line of questioning. What’s all the more alluring is a touch of some interest and intrigue;…

Georginio Wijnaldum, Newcastle and the Double Pivot

LAST SEASON WAS ONE OF RELATIVE DISAPPOINTMENT for Newcastle United as a series of insipid performances with little defensive structure or attacking intent still resulted in the ultimate goal of Premier League safety.…

The Libero: football’s forgotten man

It was a majestic sight. Go back 30 or 40 years and watch teams defend. The majority of them will feature a type of player that seems to have been lost from the…