Ali sat down to get to know Paul Heckingbottom and hear about his experiences in football. Below is a list of topics with timecodes.
03:00 - Being out of work. How he’s dealt with it, how he spends his time.
7:10 - Falling out of love with the game.
8:15 - Youth team player at Manchester United
9:45 - Barnsley when he first became manager
15:30 - Sales of key players (Hourihane, Bree, Winnall) in January of 16/17 season with the team close to play-offs.
18:30 - Issues in the second half of that 16/17 season with contracts expiring…
21:25 - First 5 months as Barnsley Head Coach - winning at Wembley twice, winning promotion.
25:00 - His philosophy and teams he studied.
26:30 - Tactical discussion - how he set the team up in League One & adapting to the Championship.
30:30 - Many of the players from that squad are Championship & even Premier League players - Paul discusses Conor Hourihane and his development.
33:30 - Other former players Paul has enjoyed watching develop further.
37:45 - Why did Paul leave Barnsley for Leeds having just signed a new contract?
42:00 - Why he felt he had to move on.
42:50 - Was the call from Leeds a surprise?
43:50 - The different types of owners he’s worked under.
45:00 - Moving to Leeds.
46:15 - Did he know what he was getting himself into at Leeds?
48:00 - His remit at Leeds at things he felt needed sorting.
50:15 - The Leeds squad and recruitment strategy of the last few years.
53:00 - Leaving Leeds.
55:15 - Being replaced by Marcelo Bielsa - what’s he made of Bielsa’s Leeds?
58:00 - Championship tactics, is there time to plan a specific game-plan with so little time between games?
59:00 - How to set up against teams like Wolves (3-4-2-1) & Sheffield United (3-4-1-2)
1:05:00 - Working with a Set-Piece Coach at Leeds.
1:07:15 - What’s next for Paul.
1:08:30 - How do managers apply for jobs?
1:09:30 - Working in a structure with a Director of Football as a Head Coach and the difference in interpretation.
1:11:30 - Charity Work and having something else aside from football
1:13:30 - What is Myanmar like?
1:14:30 - Quiz