Flamengo Wins And Wins Big

An authors note, I’m writing a book on the 1981 Flamengo side with Zico, Tito, Nunes et all. They conquered the world beating Liverpool in the Intercontinental Cup. I am just putting the finishing touches on the second draft right now. The story of Flamengo is very interesting and needs to be told. What followsContinue reading “Flamengo Wins And Wins Big”

Kevin Ratcliffe: Everton and Wales memories are special

You retired from playing professional football in 1995. You then had a spell in management at Chester City and Shrewsbury Town. How are are you enjoying retirement away from professional football? “After retiring from playing at Chester City. I went into football management and I did that for eight and a half years. I feltContinue reading “Kevin Ratcliffe: Everton and Wales memories are special”

England must unleash both Grealish and Foden against the Czechs

By Michael Burney Just before Italia 90 Bobby Robson unleashed the energetic, skilful and exciting Paul Gascoigne against Czechoslovakia, and he went on to light up England’s campaign that Summer. Following the drab, lethargic and uninspiring performance against Scotland in the second group game at Euro 2020, Gareth Southgate needs to do something similar against the modernContinue reading “England must unleash both Grealish and Foden against the Czechs”

Danny Robinson: Managing Hungerford Town

You are currently manager of Hungerford Town. How are you enjoying the role and what would you describe as the challenges of managing a club such as Hungerford Town? First and foremost to manage Hungerford Town is a massive honour for myself because they are a fantastic football club and for me to manage inContinue reading “Danny Robinson: Managing Hungerford Town”

John Shiels: MBE is a great honour but the hard work continues

Many congratulations on your MBE. A wonderful achievement. How would you put into words what it means to be recognised in the Queen’s honours list with an MBE? It fills me with immense pride to receive an MBE. I don’t see the award as being ‘mine’ because there are probably 1,500 people including my mumContinue reading “John Shiels: MBE is a great honour but the hard work continues”

Her Game Too: The online campaign that has got the whole footballing world talking

Written by Colin Byiers Last month, 12 female football fans got together, sick of the abuse they were receiving from male supporters and launched the “Her Game Too” campaign. Their first video on Twitter immediately went viral and has now been viewed over 1-and-a-half million times!   One of the co-founders, Eve Ralph, spoke toContinue reading “Her Game Too: The online campaign that has got the whole footballing world talking”

From Primary School Teacher to National Hero: Markku Kanerva

Credit: UEFA Euro 2020 / Twitter I don’t think I am alone when I say that Scandinavia and the Nordic countries are some of the most beautiful in the World. A majesty and awe that is completely unique to this sparsely populated area of the globe. And yet not much is known about Scandanavia byContinue reading “From Primary School Teacher to National Hero: Markku Kanerva”

Andy Kirk takes Brechin City job

The Maroon Machine has arrived in Angus after Brechin City installed former Hearts & Northern Ireland striker Andy Kirk as their new manager. Kirk, 42, will renew his ties with former Hearts boss Craig Levein – fresh after joining the club as director of football last Friday. The former Hearts Women manager said his goodbyesContinue reading “Andy Kirk takes Brechin City job”

NON-LEAGUE SEASON REVIEW PART 1: THE FA VASE

Picture credit should read: Paul Terry/Sportimage Credit: Sportimage/Alamy Live News, sportsbyte.sunderland.ac.uk 2020/21 will be a season that nobody involved in the non-league game will ever forget, it’s been a season like no other. It’s crazy to think back in August when the FA announced the revised calendar and then eventually the return of spectators inContinue reading “NON-LEAGUE SEASON REVIEW PART 1: THE FA VASE”

Robert de Pauw: Looking to the future with FC Twente

You are an experienced manager and I wanted to ask how did your journey to becoming a professional football manager? I started out playing football at the age of five and I played at a football club which was next door to my house. I only had to walk 50 yards and I was onContinue reading “Robert de Pauw: Looking to the future with FC Twente”

Sean Crighton;“Stenhousemuir are an ambitious club, I felt it was the right time to move on from Airdrie.”

Written by Colin Byiers Sean Crighton has played well over 400 games in his career so far, and at the age of 31, will no doubt make 500 or even 600 before it is time to hang up his boots. Recently, Sean joined ambitious League 2 side Stenhousemuir from Airdrie, where he hopes to helpContinue reading “Sean Crighton;“Stenhousemuir are an ambitious club, I felt it was the right time to move on from Airdrie.””

Mark Russell: I’m loving life at Finn Harps

You signed for Finn Harps in the Republic of Ireland in 2019. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe the club? I am really enjoying my time at Finn Harps FC. I am into my third season and I am loving my time at the club.Continue reading “Mark Russell: I’m loving life at Finn Harps”

Behind the scenes preparation is vital for success at the Euros

The England, Scotland and Wales European Championship squads will have now gathered, fresh from a long hard season to prepare for European Championships across the continent. Of course it is being played this year after its postponement in 2021 due to Coronavirus.   When we watch a live game, the presenter will often say we will beContinue reading “Behind the scenes preparation is vital for success at the Euros”

Rabin Omar: From the Netherlands to Scottish football via university

You were born in the Netherlands and played at youth level there. What was that experience like for you? I was very young when my family lived in the Netherlands as we moved to Scotland when I was around ten years old. However, when I played football over there, all of the coaching was aimedContinue reading “Rabin Omar: From the Netherlands to Scottish football via university”

Lee Clark: Ajer is tailor made for the Premier League

Вячеслав Евдокимов / fc-zenit.ru / licensed under the Creative CommonsAttribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported & GNU Free Documentation License You worked with Kristoffer Ajer when you managed Kilmarnock. What was he like to work with and what is your opinion of him now? First of all, he’s been linked with Newcastle so from a selfish pointContinue reading “Lee Clark: Ajer is tailor made for the Premier League”

The financial success of Leicester under Brendan Rodgers

Leicester win the FA Cup just five years after winning the Premier League title. Manager Brendan Rodgers also has the club within touching distance of Champions League qualification for the first time since their Premier League winning campaign. So, just how do their finances compare to the so called ‘Big 6’? Revenue Average weekly wageContinue reading “The financial success of Leicester under Brendan Rodgers”

Jon Wordsnop: Chester, York and the brilliance of Benito Carbone

You are currently in a third spell at Chester FC. How are you enjoying being back at the club and how would you describe the club? A great question. I am really enjoying my time back at Chester FC. I am indeed in my third spell back at the club and each time I haveContinue reading “Jon Wordsnop: Chester, York and the brilliance of Benito Carbone”

Lyes Houri: Playing alongside Pavard and Coman taught me a lot

I wanted to take you back to the beginning and the start of your footballing journey. How did your journey start on your road to becoming a professional footballer?     I was five years old when I started playing football and I played in my hometown of Lille in France and it was alwaysContinue reading “Lyes Houri: Playing alongside Pavard and Coman taught me a lot”

Mike Van Der Hoon: The eredivise shaped me as a player

You played for FC Utrecht for two seasons (2011-2013). How do you look back on your time at the club? I have wonderful memories of my time at Utrecht. I came through the youth set up there in order to become a professional footballer. They gave me a chance in professional football, and I willContinue reading “Mike Van Der Hoon: The eredivise shaped me as a player”

Celtic’s next Director of Football? The career of Neil McGuinness

Credit: Columbus Crew LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH NEIL MCGUINNESS HERE Columbus Crew 3-0 Seattle Sounders. A phenomenal achievement for the club as a whole and their Scottish director of scouting Neil McGuinness. Being a passionate Scot, I love seeing fellow countrymen and women succeeding on the global stage and moving away from theirContinue reading “Celtic’s next Director of Football? The career of Neil McGuinness”

Michael Beale: Gerrard’s strength is his ability to delegate

Michael Beale spoke exclusively to Training Ground Guru. Access the full interview and many other high quality interviews on the TGG platform. What is Michael’s role on the coaching staff at Rangers? Does he want to become a manager in his own right? “I feel, under Steven, like I’m a head coach because he givesContinue reading “Michael Beale: Gerrard’s strength is his ability to delegate”

Ange Postecoglou: I’m certain of bright future

According to various reports, Celtic have agreed compensation with Yokohama Marinos for their manager Ange Postecoglou. Barring a last minute hitch (see Eddie Howe for reference that any managerial appointment isn’t a done deal until it’s officially announced) the Greek-born Australian will be the 19th permanent Celtic manager. In this article, we explore how PostecoglouContinue reading “Ange Postecoglou: I’m certain of bright future”

Les Reed: The reality of working at the top level of football

Steve Hogg / Solent Creatives from Southampton, United KIngdom / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license You had a successful career in Non-League prior to going into coaching. How do you reflect on your Non-League career and how did it shape you as a person? I loved my time in non-league football and the experiencesContinue reading “Les Reed: The reality of working at the top level of football”

Jeff Banks: Bringing Football Back to Chester

Photograph courtesy of Jeff Banks / Twitter For those out there who may not know you, can you talk about your background, where you’re from and how you got yourself involved with Chester F.C? “Yeah, basically I’ve been a Chester fan all my life, so I’ve virtually been blue since the early 1980’s. They wereContinue reading “Jeff Banks: Bringing Football Back to Chester”

Paul Cox: Mansfield memories, coaching and looking to the future with Kettering Town

You are currently manager of Kettering Town having also played for the club during your playing career. How are you enjoying managing the club and what do you view as the challenges of managing Kettering Town? First and foremost managing the club fills me with immense pride because when I first dropped out of theContinue reading “Paul Cox: Mansfield memories, coaching and looking to the future with Kettering Town”