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In recent years, Aston Villa's billionaire owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens have invested heavily in the playing squad in a bid to establish the side as a Premier League mainstay with the ability to challenge for European competitions. However, it's not just on the pitch that they've been splashing the cash. Significant investment has also gone into the club's coaching set-up. In this article, we'll be exploring how Aston Villa set the...
Chelsea FC has a well-established status as one of the most successful modern clubs not just in the UK, but in the world. The 2021 Champions League winners might have a ruthless approach to hiring and firing coaches, but it's paid off for them in recent years, with the club achieving 21 major trophy wins in the past two decades. So what's the secret to their success? Clearly, there's plenty of innovative work going on at the training...
Ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors at the many elite training facilities used by professional footballers all over the UK? Social media has given football fans more access to footage and photos of training sessions, but many people are still unclear about exactly what facilities their favourite players are using on a day-to-day basis. In our quest to provide as much knowledge as possible on all the behind-the-scenes action that...
Association football, or soccer, is the world's most popular sport. It's played in huge stadiums in capital cities, in muddy parks in the countryside, and on the tiniest, most remote islands. Wherever you go, people are in love with the beautiful game. That means that there are some pretty incredible locations out there for playing soccer . On every single continent, there are some special spots to watch live sports. In this article,...
Mark Kelly is the Managing Director of Bristol Sport Ltd and Ashton Gate Ltd, overseeing the 'off the pitch' operations for Bristol City FC, Bristol Bears and Bristol Flyers. With football, rugby and basketball to contend with, Mark's role is busy, complex and thoroughly enjoyable. In this interview, Mark shares details of how his role works for Bristol City FC, including how he manages the operational set-up on matchdays, the development...
Mannie Neville is the Resourcing and Talent Manager for The Football Association (FA). With both extensive experience and knowledge in recruitment, lifelong football fan Mannie transferred his skills to the football industry, joining the FA in November 2018. From explaining the importance of data during the recruitment process, to sharing details of the FA's new diversity code - The Football Leadership Diversity Code - Mannie's interview is...
Matthew Silvester is the Head of Ticketing, Memberships and Hospitality at Southampton Football Club , a role which he started in March 2020, having been at the club since the latter part of 2018. In this interview, Matthew talks to Sascha about his experiences with stadium moves at both Arsenal and West Ham, implementing a new ticketing system with Southampton during the pandemic; his excitement at getting to grips with his role...
Paula  Watson is Director of Operations at Bradford City FC . Working for the club she has supported since childhood,  Paula  has such passion for Bradford City Football Club, her role and the community. With knowledge in many areas of football operations and spending much of her time spinning various plates,  Paula  is set to continue on her incredible career path that has seen her grow from a volunteer to a...
Henry C. Staelens is the Chief Executive Officer of Forest Green Rovers - a role he began at the age of just 30 years old. Having left school at the age of 16, and going on to build a career in developing and selling businesses, the opportunity to work at FGR presented itself. Taking the opportunity with both hands, Henry started his professional life in the football industry. In this interview, Henry talks about the club's commitment to...
Richard Cross is the Club Secretary of Marine FC . From managing a busy workload of player administration, to implementing new Covid-safe protocols, Richard kindly took time out from his full-time job to share details of his interesting and varied role. And of course, he discusses the magic of the FA Cup !   When did you start working for Marine FC and how did that opportunity arise? I first attended a game 25 years ago...
If you've ever carried out any research on the subject of Player Care, there's a very good chance you would have come across Hugo Scheckter , and for good reason. Having looked after some of the world's best players during his time at Southampton FC and West Ham United, Hugo has established himself as one of the leading authorities in this relatively new, but increasingly important sector - after all, a happy, motivated player is...
Cathy Long has had a varied and interesting career in the football industry, with many more ideas and projects planned for the near future. Having worked at the Premier League for 15 years and providing consultancy services for a number of organisations, Cathy gives an insight into her successful career and offers her advice to those looking to pursue a role within the industry.   Were you always interested in working in football?...