Graeme Souness: I wanted the Scotland job

Credit: MagentaGreen How close did you come to managing Scotland and looking back on your career is that something you wish you had the opportunity to do? I went for an interview and met Campbell Ogilvie who was in charge of the SFA at the time. I met them in the Hilton hotel at EdinburghContinue reading “Graeme Souness: I wanted the Scotland job”

Matthew Knox: Loving life at Warrenpoint Town

Credit: Warrenpoint Town Football Club This summer you signed for Warrenpoint Town in Northern Ireland. How excited were you for a fresh start away from Scottish football given the endless hype that has followed you for many years? To be honest, I did not have a clue about coming over here for most of theContinue reading “Matthew Knox: Loving life at Warrenpoint Town”

João Tralhão: Thierry Henry is a top class coach and Monaco was a great learning experience

Image courtesy of Pexels Many analysts and pundits look at Thierry Henry’s time at Monaco and discuss it. You were a man integral part of his coaching staff at the club. How do you reflect upon that experience now? Monaco is one of the biggest clubs in Europe. The culture is amazing and everyone atContinue reading “João Tralhão: Thierry Henry is a top class coach and Monaco was a great learning experience”

Steve Evans: Sir Alex, Crawley and Ernie Els

Credit: Teamess10 I took my Crawley side to Old Trafford to play Sir Alex and his superstars. I was most worried about which bottle of red wine to buy Sir Alex if I’m honest. Well, after the game, little Albert the kit man at United knocked on the dressing room door and said the gafferContinue reading “Steve Evans: Sir Alex, Crawley and Ernie Els”

Jordan White: I’m relishing a new challenge at Ross County

Photograph courtesy of Ross County Football Club and Jordan White You joined Ross County in the January transfer window. How have you settled into life at the club? I’m delighted to join the club and looking forward to the challenge ahead! I know that it will be a tough one but I think we haveContinue reading “Jordan White: I’m relishing a new challenge at Ross County”

Jon Daly: The nature of reality and club rivalry

“File:SPLTrophy McCoist crop.jpg” by Graeme Maclean is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Former Rangers Manager Ally McCoist couldn’t care less about the background of his potential signings, as long as they were of sufficient quality to enhance his team, saying: “It’s 2013, I couldn’t give a monkey’s. I’d sign anyone from anywhere.” However, even inContinue reading “Jon Daly: The nature of reality and club rivalry”

Vagner da Silva: Portuguese football, Europa League memories and success with Qarabag

Image courtesy of Pexels You started your career in your native Brazil with Club Athletico Paranaense. What are your memories of your time there? I have only the best memories from my time in Athletico. When I got there I was 13 years old, it was there that I was formed, as man and goalkeeper.Continue reading “Vagner da Silva: Portuguese football, Europa League memories and success with Qarabag”

Steven Sharp: From football first aider to first team manager

You are currently manager of Stonyburn. I wanted to take you back to the beginning. How did your journey into football start? It was a strange journey, it is not your normal journey where someone plays the game and then retires and goes into coaching and management. I suffer from an inflammatory bowel disease andContinue reading “Steven Sharp: From football first aider to first team manager”

Scott Minto: From player to punditry and presenting

Image courtesy of Pexels You retired from playing in 2006 and you now do media work among other roles and commitments. How are are you enjoying life on the other side of football in the media and how is life for you away from the pitch? “People sometimes ask me if I miss playing, andContinue reading “Scott Minto: From player to punditry and presenting”

Les Ferdinand: Gazza could do anything with a football

Credit: Brian Minkoff- London Pixels You played with Paul Gascoigne in the England squad. From a fellow players’ perspective, just how good was he? He was exceptional. Gazza was the best player that I played with. At the peak of his powers, he could do absolutely anything that he wanted with a football. I wasContinue reading “Les Ferdinand: Gazza could do anything with a football”

Martyn Fotheringham: You never lose the buzz of scoring!

“Forfar Athletic v The New Saints” by yellow book is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Written by Colin Byiers On 12th December 2020, Martyn Fotheringham made his first appearance on the football field in over two years as he came off the bench for Forfar against Partick Thistle. Incredibly, his next appearance would give theContinue reading “Martyn Fotheringham: You never lose the buzz of scoring!”

Luis Gonçalves: Coaching Cristiano Ronaldo

Image courtesy of Pexels You worked at Sporting Lisbon for many years within the youth set up. You coached a young Cristiano Ronaldo during your time there. Was his talent always evident from a young age? I worked at Sporting Lisbon for 12 years from 1999 to 2011 and I knew Cristiano Ronaldo well fromContinue reading “Luis Gonçalves: Coaching Cristiano Ronaldo”

Aurelien Norest: From France to Scandinavia via Iceland

I would like to ask you about your journey to becoming a professional footballer. How did your journey to becoming a professional footballer start? It started in the suburb of Paris, France in a small club called Saint Ouen L’aumone which at that time was a very well known club for youth players. It wasContinue reading “Aurelien Norest: From France to Scandinavia via Iceland”

Dick Campbell: Championship survival is the aim

Credit: Arbroath Football Club Last season when football was curtailed you were sitting in 5th place which is a phenomenal achievement given your budget and part time status. How do you reflect on the season so far? Has it been more challenging with the Covid restrictions and protocols? First of all, I have to beContinue reading “Dick Campbell: Championship survival is the aim”

Derek Soutar: Goalkeeping and Goalkeeping coaches

“Selsport Pro Titanium Wrappa Goalkeeper Gloves 1”by Aidan L is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Written by Colin Byiers During his career as goalkeeper at clubs like Dundee and Aberdeen, Derek Soutar has worked with some of the best goalkeeping coaches in Scotland like Billy Thompson, Jim Leighton and Paul Mathers, and since retiring from playing, he has been running hisContinue reading “Derek Soutar: Goalkeeping and Goalkeeping coaches”

Danny Lloyd: Tranmere, Salford and the mental challenges of football

Photograph provided with permission from Tranmere Rovers Football Club You joined Tranmere Rovers in 2020. How would you reflect on your time at the club so far? It’s going well at this moment. We are in a good vein of form and I’ve been playing regularly which is always great. I’ve also been able toContinue reading “Danny Lloyd: Tranmere, Salford and the mental challenges of football”

Adam Lakeland: From Curzon to Farsley Celtic and managerial ambitions

Credit: Farsley Celtic Football Club and Adam Lakeland You started your coaching journey at Curzon Ashton and won back to back promotions with the club as first team coach. Sum up that experience from your personal perspective? It was a superb experience working under John Flanagan as manager. I worked very closely with him andContinue reading “Adam Lakeland: From Curzon to Farsley Celtic and managerial ambitions”

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel: Playing across the continent

Credit: Дмитрий Неймырок/Dmitriy Neymyrok/Dmitrij Niejmyrok / Football.ua You played for Sporting Lisbon in Portugal for two seasons. How do you look back on your time at the club? It was wonderful and one of the happiest times of my career so far. The club was very good to me, and the supporters too, and theContinue reading “Ricky Van Wolfswinkel: Playing across the continent”

The SPFL Premiership Review: Saints Lead the Way!

Welcome to the first installment of The SPFL Premiership Review; a re-imagination of ‘The Scottish Football Review of the Week’ by Dr Grant Campbell. Now written by myself, Ciaran Foreman, as I take you through all of the weekly talking points in the weird and utterly wonderful world of Scottish Football. It’s hard to knowContinue reading “The SPFL Premiership Review: Saints Lead the Way!”

Andy Welsh: Managing Bury AFC

Credit: Osset United FC You started your managerial career at Ossett Albion as player-manager. Did that experience enable you to see management as a future career for you? The opportunity came up in a strange way. I retired from the game a few years prior to going in at Ossett. I started my coaching journeyContinue reading “Andy Welsh: Managing Bury AFC”

Curtis Rose: Manager/Chairman, Glasgow Wellington FC – A Dream that became Reality

Is there any particular reason that you decided to create a new club? Especially during these difficult times. I’ve played at a decent level through the years, I left East Stirling about a year ago and I didn’t have any other offers. Personally I was just at a crossroads about what to do and theContinue reading “Curtis Rose: Manager/Chairman, Glasgow Wellington FC – A Dream that became Reality”

Luke Shaw: I’m loving my football under Olè

Credit: Matt Janzer from Missoula, USA Interview conducted by Phil Brown and Beyond The Pitch. How important is it for you to be enjoying your football because under Josè Mourinho it didn’t look as if you were always enjoying your football. How would you describe life under Olè Gunnar Solskjær from your perspective? Of courseContinue reading “Luke Shaw: I’m loving my football under Olè”

Ryan Martin: Loudoun United, coaching in the USL and Marsch inspiration

Credit: Loudoun United Football Club You were the assistant coach at FC Cincinnati for a few years. What did you learn from that experience? The first thing I learned was how to put together a squad of players from scratch because there weren’t any players signed when John Harkes and I went into the club.Continue reading “Ryan Martin: Loudoun United, coaching in the USL and Marsch inspiration”

Lee Casciaro: Beating Celtic and experiencing Celtic Park was incredible

Credit: Lincoln Red Imps FC You’ve played at Lincoln Red Imps for the last 23 years. You’ve been at the club for the entirety of your career. What does the club mean to you? I’ve been at the club since I was aged 8 so my association with the club dates back 31 years overallContinue reading “Lee Casciaro: Beating Celtic and experiencing Celtic Park was incredible”

Ben Dooley: My ambition is to become a professional footballer for Preston

Photographs courtesy of Ben Dooley unless stated. You are a second year scholar at Preston North End who is progressing well. How were you spotted by the club? I was at Blackburn Rovers academy prior to arriving at Preston. I’ve always played the game at school level and district level too. At the age ofContinue reading “Ben Dooley: My ambition is to become a professional footballer for Preston”

Sam Osbourne: Leamington memories, Dunkirk and the future

Credit: AFC Fylde You signed for Leamington FC in 2020 and in 2021, you’ve just signed for AFC Fylde. How did you enjoy your time at Leamington FC? From the start you can tell what type of club Leamington FC is just by walking in and the way that everybody is with you. I absolutelyContinue reading “Sam Osbourne: Leamington memories, Dunkirk and the future”

Jamie Swinney: Stenhousemuir FC and supporting the local community

LIKE most clubs in Scotland, Stenhousemuir face a challenging period as they look to get through the season without fans at Ochilview, and to be able to restart the current campaign after its recent shutdown. However, the fight for the club to survive beyond the pandemic has not deterred themfrom a vital community initiative thatContinue reading “Jamie Swinney: Stenhousemuir FC and supporting the local community”

Darren Young: East Fife, Ebbe Skovdahl and Aberdeen

Written by Colin Byiers Ebbe Skovdahl was appointed Aberdeen manager back in 1999 and will be fondly remembered by many Dons fans for his 3 and a half years at the club and a man who was a big part of Skovdahl’s Aberdeen was Darren Young. Darren would be appointed captain by the Dane atContinue reading “Darren Young: East Fife, Ebbe Skovdahl and Aberdeen”

Matthew Knox: Making my debut at 16

Credit: Livingston Football Club You made your debut against St Mirren only four days after your 16th birthday. How would you sum up that experience? I remember we were one up and I was warming up. Then, David Hopkin, who was my gaffer at the time, called me over. I remember running down the touchContinue reading “Matthew Knox: Making my debut at 16”

Brian Deane: Sheffield United, Benfica and inspirational managers

“SUFC and Brian Dean supporting The Shirt” byMobilephotos@heidenstrom is licensed under CC BY 2.0 You retired in 2006. How are you enjoying retirement and life away from playing professional football? “When you retire from doing something that you love it is not easy. I am like anybody else. “I had 21 years of playing professionalContinue reading “Brian Deane: Sheffield United, Benfica and inspirational managers”