Paul Weller: Burnley, Gazza, Wrighty, Waddle and Me

You have written the book – Not Such a Bad Life: Burnley, Gazza, Wrighty, Waddle and Me. The proceeds are going to charity. Which charity are the proceeds going to and why? Every penny that I get is going to the Gary Parkinson Trust. Gary is former teammate of mine who played right back. HeContinue reading “Paul Weller: Burnley, Gazza, Wrighty, Waddle and Me”

Anthony Haggerty: Gonnae Gie’s A Kick O’ Yer Ba’ Mister?

Photograph and copyright is owned by The Daily Record You’ve worked in football for many years as well as being a passionate football fan. How would you sum up your love of the game? That’s a brilliant opening question. Football is all consuming for me. People have passions for many things in life and IContinue reading “Anthony Haggerty: Gonnae Gie’s A Kick O’ Yer Ba’ Mister?”

Lee Bonis: From Portadown fan to Portadown player

All photographs courtesy of Lee Bonis. You are now a big part of the Portadown squad but your journey to the club has been a unique one. Can you talk me through it? I started off at Portadown in the youth set up and I was there until under 17’s. At that stage I wasn’tContinue reading “Lee Bonis: From Portadown fan to Portadown player”

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”

Exclusive: Carl Fletcher on working with Eddie Howe

Photograph from Ardfern – This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. Eddie Howe has been linked with the managerial job at Celtic. I spoke to Carl Fletcher who played with Eddie and worked under him at Bournemouth for a number of years. Listen to the FULL INTERVIEW here. WhatContinue reading “Exclusive: Carl Fletcher on working with Eddie Howe”

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”

Kevin Haynes: Berwick Rangers is a special football club

Photograph and copyright owned by Berwick Rangers Ian Little recruited fan favourite Kevin Haynes as his assistant manager in Summer 2019, marking a return to Shielfield Park for the former ‘Gers hitman after a memorable spell with the club between 2005-2007. During his first spell with the club, Kevin netted 22 goals in 55 appearancesContinue reading “Kevin Haynes: Berwick Rangers is a special football club”

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”

Rod Underwood: I’m excited to get to work

You are the new manager of Stumptown AC. How excited are you for this new challenge? This is a great opportunity and excited to get to work. I want to build something special the community will be proud of to support. Also a winning club that provides players a chance to grow and develop MyContinue reading “Rod Underwood: I’m excited to get to work”

Ruel Fox: Representing Montserrat and memories of Newcastle United

Photograph: Ruel Fox / LinkedIn You retired from professional football in 2002. How are you enjoying retirement and how is life away from the pitch? “Life away from the football pitch is ok and not necessarily the same. When you are in that football environment you get told when you are young that the timeContinue reading “Ruel Fox: Representing Montserrat and memories of Newcastle United”

Joey Barton on why he joined Rangers

“Fulham pretty much chasing the game from the start” by incendiarymind is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Joey Barton spoke exclusively to me about his time in Scottish football. “Rangers was the only blot on my copybook, where I didn’t have a successful period. That’s something that I would like to do. I don’t knowContinue reading “Joey Barton on why he joined Rangers”

Exclusive: Simon Rožman

Photograph by Miha Vidrih and Maribor Football Club. You started your career at Celje and were the youngest manager in the Slovenian PrvaLiga aged 31. How do you reflect on your time there? Getting a chance at that age is something I’m really proud of, and I’ll always be grateful to the management of theContinue reading “Exclusive: Simon Rožman”

Grègory Vignal: Liverpool, Rangers and the brilliance of Gerard Houllier

Photo: Frank Skillinghaug (Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike 3.0) You arrived at Liverpool in 2001. You win the FA Cup, the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup in your first season with the club under Gérard Houllier. What are your memories of that season? I have only great memories of that season because we wonContinue reading “Grègory Vignal: Liverpool, Rangers and the brilliance of Gerard Houllier”

Neil Ryan: Having a first team manager who believes in youth development is vital for any academy

Photographs courtesy of Manchester United with prior written approval. As a manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has shown that he will give young players an opportunity with Shola Shoretire being the latest example. How important is it from your perspective to have a first team manager who believes in youth development? First and foremost, it’s vitalContinue reading “Neil Ryan: Having a first team manager who believes in youth development is vital for any academy”

Neil Ryan: The principles of the Manchester United academy

All photographs courtesy of Manchester United with prior written approval. Preparing young footballers at a club such as Manchester United is no easy feat. What are the key principles that you try and engrain into the players that you work with each day? First of all we start with the basics such as hard workContinue reading “Neil Ryan: The principles of the Manchester United academy”

Jake Taylor: Leading Exeter, Reading memories and playing with Bale

Photograph and copyright owned by Exeter City Football Club. You started your career at Reading. You were there as a young player and established yourself at the club following a few loan spells. Reading was a big part of your career so how do you look back on your time at the club now? ItContinue reading “Jake Taylor: Leading Exeter, Reading memories and playing with Bale”

Conor Devlin: Training with the first team at Manchester United taught me so much!

Photograph owned by and courtesy of Larne Football Club You are a graduate of the Manchester United youth academy. Sum up your experience of Manchester United as a whole? It was an incredible time. I was very young when I went over and to be honest I didn’t know what I was getting into. IContinue reading “Conor Devlin: Training with the first team at Manchester United taught me so much!”

Amy Muir: From Inverclyde to representing Scotland and Hibernian

Photograph owned by Hibernian Football Club You are currently at Hibernian Football Club. How would you reflect on your time at the club so far? I joined in the summer of 2019 and within six months I had played in a Scottish cup final and in Champions League qualifiers. It was a whirlwind start andContinue reading “Amy Muir: From Inverclyde to representing Scotland and Hibernian”

Joey Barton on why he left Rangers to return to Burnley

“Manchester City vs Liverpool” by ilgiovaneWalter (Sobchak) is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Joey Barton spoke exclusively to me about his time in Scottish football. “We got overrun and lost 5-1 to Celtic. I thought we could use that as a reality check.” “On Sunday, Warbs phoned meand asked me to have breakfast with him.Continue reading “Joey Barton on why he left Rangers to return to Burnley”

Ethan Laird: Learning at MK Dons and developing at Manchester United

Photographs courtesy of and with written approval from Manchester United and MK Dons. You joined Manchester United at the age of 10. How would you sum up your journey through the academy system at the club so far? It’s hard to sum up as I’ve been at the club for a number of years now.Continue reading “Ethan Laird: Learning at MK Dons and developing at Manchester United”

Henrik Larsson: I still think of Seville every day

“Henrik Larsson, Helsingborg” by Thomas Bandion is licensed under CC BY 2.0 LISTEN TO THE FULL IN DEPTH INTERVIEW HERE Just how highly do you rate the Celtic side that you played in? Could you have competed in the Premier League? Where would that team have finished in England? Top four. Without a doubt. WeContinue reading “Henrik Larsson: I still think of Seville every day”

Alan Thompson: If I could play for any manager in this era then it would have to be Klopp

“File:Jurgen Klopp LFC Parade 2019.jpg” by Pete is marked with CC0 1.0 As a footballer, Alan Thompson played under some top managers including Martin O’Neill at Celtic as the club reached the UEFA Cup (now the Europa League) final in 2003 and won multiple domestic honours. I asked Alan which of the so called ‘superContinue reading “Alan Thompson: If I could play for any manager in this era then it would have to be Klopp”

Marvin Bartley: Eddie Howe’s dedication is second to none

“Marvin Bartley” by StuBramley is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Celtic are in advanced talks to name Eddie Howe as their new manager. I spoke to Marvin Bartley who has extensive knowledge of Scottish football and worked under Eddie Howe at Bournemouth and won promotion to League 1 under him in 2010. Listen to theContinue reading “Marvin Bartley: Eddie Howe’s dedication is second to none”

Chris Sutton on BoBo Balde

He was known for Bobo is going to get you and diving into tackles. Would he be allowed near Henrik Larsson in training? Yes, To be fair. The thing with Bobo is that he just singled everybody out. He wasn’t fearful of anybody even Henrik. Henrik because he had the serious injury when he brokeContinue reading “Chris Sutton on BoBo Balde”

From the Jaws of Victory: Review

A thrilling read from start to finish. So many exceptional writers brought together to tell many intriguing tales of the great teams who came so close to greatness but ultimately fell short! As fans we’ve all been there with our own teams and this book brings those emotions and memories to the forefront of yourContinue reading “From the Jaws of Victory: Review”

Paul Groves: Managing through a pandemic and developing as a coach across Europe

“File:PaulGrovesWHU21082010.jpg” by Egghead06 (talk) is licensed under CC BY 3.0 You are currently the manager of Gloucester City. This season has been very challenging due to the coronavirus situation in the U.K. How have you handled that as a manager? When I initially came in, it was full on as with a lot of gamesContinue reading “Paul Groves: Managing through a pandemic and developing as a coach across Europe”

Brandon Thomas-Asante: Progressing at Salford and memories of MK and Non-League football

All photographs courtesy of Salford City Football Club with written approval of use. You have been at Salford since 2019 and the club are playing very well this season in league two. Sum up the season so far from your perspective? Personally, this season has been a very good learning experience for me. I wouldContinue reading “Brandon Thomas-Asante: Progressing at Salford and memories of MK and Non-League football”

Andreas Brehme: Winning the World Cup, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and 1. FC Kaiserslautern

All photographs courtesy of and with the permission of use from Andreas Brehme and Akani group unless stated otherwise. Follow Andreas on Instagram. You are a footballing icon having scored the winning goal in the 1990 World Cup final. Sum up that game against Argentina and what it was like to lift such a prestigiousContinue reading “Andreas Brehme: Winning the World Cup, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and 1. FC Kaiserslautern”

Henrik Larsson: A return to Celtic? Never say never

“File:Henrik Larsson in Jan 2014.jpg” by Frankie Fouganthin is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 Since retirement from playing and embarking on your coaching career, you are always linked with the Celtic job. Is that something you are used to now? You’re right it’s been like that and to be honest I think it will alwaysContinue reading “Henrik Larsson: A return to Celtic? Never say never”

Christie Murray: Getting back to fitness and watching Scotland

All photographs from BluesTV Written by Christie Murray. Being out injured is the most frustrating thing you can experience as a footballer. Playing the game and training each day is what gives every player maximum satisfaction. This week I have returned to full contact training following several weeks out of action. I started with individualContinue reading “Christie Murray: Getting back to fitness and watching Scotland”