Our goal is to bring in-depth content to coaches with a combination of interviews, chats, and personal thoughts on the topics that really matter in the beautiful game and elite-level sport. Enjoy and thanks for listening! - Gary
Improving Communication & Decision Making at Youth Level with Jack Rolfe
Gary is joined by Jack Rolfe to discuss one of the most complex challenges for youth coaches today: creating an environment where coaches can facilitate decision making, communication and creativity for young players.
Jack is the founder of The Coaching Lab and has created some forward thinking resources for coaches in this area. His MatchPlay Cards are used by coaches from grassroots to the world's best at West Ham, Liverpool and Rangers FC Academies. The MatchPlay Cards can be added into small sided games, and also shared with parents to help set player targets.
Check them out online at www.thecoachinglab.org and socials @The_CoachingLab
Roberto De Zerbi - Breaking the Rules of Build-Up: Conversation with Jamie Hamilton
Gary is joined by UEFA 'A' coach and acclaimed writer, Jamie Hamilton, to discuss Italian coach Roberto De Zerbi and his in-possession system.
Jamie discusses how De Zerbi 'breaks the rules' of traditional thinking by:
- Provoking a press rather than avoiding pressure
- Exposing team to 'high risk' in build-up
- Keeping players narrow in build rather than wide
- Slowing game down rather than opting for tempo
The conversation then progresses into why variety and thinking outside the box are so important, both to player and coach development in the game today.
Check out Jamie's article here:
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Coaching Set-Pieces at Pro Level - Andy Parslow Interview
Gary is joined by Swansea City Set-Piece Coach, Andy Parslow, to talk about the role of a specialist coach at a pro club. Andy has also worked at AFC Wimbledon as a first-team restarts coach, as well as academy coaching at Luton, Wycombe, Watford, and Brentford.
Please join us for a MSC Set-Piece Webinar with Andy on July 26. During the webinar, Andy will break down the processes required for building successful set-piece framework and share some insights towards session design, as well as weekly planning and review. All coaches who register will receive an on-demand copy of the webinar and have access to the replay at any time. Register below:
Tactical Breakdown of David Beckham's Role in Man United's Treble Winning Season with Ryan Quinn
Was there more to David Beckham's game than crossing and free-kicks?
Football writer, Ryan Quinn, takes a look at his role in the 1999 Manchester United treble winning season.
Link to full article:
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Over 60 exercises in total, all designed with a specific tactical objective.
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Planning Periodization for a High Pressing Team - Mike Brown
Gary is joined by Mike Brown, Head of Physical Performance at Bodo Glimt in the Norwegian league. Bodo made the headlines last year for beating Celtic and Roma in the Europa League and play an ultra-aggressive style of play, both in and out of possession.
Mike discusses the planning and management of the physical side of Bodo Glimt's game model and talks about:
- Periodization for a high pressing team
- Scheduling and planning in short and long-term
- Getting buy-in from players
- Managing loads throughout the season
- Creating a 'no excuse' environment
- Competing against Jose Mourinho and Roma
Mike has also delivered a webinar for Marcus Walfridson which we used for research below:
Reaction to Man City's Title Win and Pep vs. Klopp
In a new MSC Podcast feature, Gary looks at Manchester City's Premier League win and how Pep Guardiola versus Jurgen Klopp should be looked at by coaches:
- Can we appreciate both teams?
- Is outcome bias holding back the coaching community?
- How does this relate to youth coaching?
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