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IAN MITCHELL is set to head up psychological development across the 16 England teams following the departure of Pippa Grange as Head of People and Team Development in September, TGG understands.
DR PIPPA GRANGE, England's first Head of People and Team Development, outlines her philosophy regarding culture and performance psychology.
FORMER New Zealand All Blacks coach Wayne Smith explains the key tenets of his leadership philosophy.
ENGLAND World Cup-winning cricketer Luke Wright is one of the 29 new students of the Master of Sport Directorship course at Manchester Metropolitan University, alongside footballers, managers and a well-known TV presenter.
ROSS WILSON, Southampton’s Director of Football Operations, has left the club to become Rangers’ new Sporting Director.
DAVID ADAMS has succeeded Osian Roberts as Wales’ Technical Director.
SPORTING DIRECTOR Victor Orta reveals how he convinced Marcelo Bielsa to come to Yorkshire and outlines the impact that the Argentine has had at Elland Road.
LEEDS UNITED Sporting Director Victor Orta says the club’s recruitment policy is 70% human judgement and 30% data.
BRIGHTON’S Dan Ashworth says clubs need Technical Directors in order to ensure they are travelling in the right direction over the medium to long term.
LIVERPOOL chief executive Peter Moore says the club has “merged digital and analogue” to create “the essence of a modern football club”.
NORWICH CITY Sporting Director Stuart Webber has signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2022.
WATFORD have had 10 managers in seven years, entire changes of the backroom staff and the highest turnover of players - yet it is all part of their strategy and seems to work.
QPR Director of Football Les Ferdinand doubts whether he would have been given his job were it not for the fact the club has an ethnic minority board, as football has a “massive unconscious bias” against BAME executives.
CLUB LEGEND Leon Britton has been appointed as Swansea City’s first Sporting Director, making them the eighth side in the Championship to have this role or equivalent.
RALPH RANGNICK says football clubs can learn from the likes of Porsche and Mercedes by developing a “corporate identity” that remains intact no matter who is in charge.
EVERTON Director of Football Marcel Brands says he is working towards a situation where the club makes only two or three signings in a transfer window - and lets its young players know “there is something possible”.
OSIAN ROBERTS has transformed football in Wales in his 12 years as Technical Director, says former Swansea Head of Coaching David Adams.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN have hired David Webb from Swedish side Ostersunds to become their new Head of Football Operations.
RHYS LONG, Head of Performance Analysis and Insight for the Football Association, outlines his philosophy in the Training Ground Guru Podcast.
STOKE CITY Technical Director Mark Cartwright is leaving the club after seven years to pursue “a different challenge”.
ENGLAND must continue to “think differently” because of the “structural advantages” of their rivals, says Football Association Head of Team Strategy and Performance Dave Reddin.
ARSENAL have appointed former midfielder Edu as their first Technical Director.
DAVE REDDIN will step down from his position as Head of Team Strategy and Performance at the end of 2019, the Football Association has confirmed.
MANCHESTER UNITED legend Gary Neville says the club no longer have "guardians" and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to have a summer clear out.
PETR CECH has returned to Chelsea to take up a new senior role - although not the Technical Director job he had been touted for.
SPORTING DIRECTOR Stuart Webber insists Norwich City will stick to their values despite being promoted to the “millionaires’ league”.
THIS summer the latest batch of fully qualified Sporting Directors will graduate from a unique course at Manchester Metropolitan University.
BEFORE leading his side into their second straight Champions League final, manager Jurgen Klopp has been explaining his leadership philosophy.
KEVIN DAVIES, who enjoyed the best years of his career at Bolton Wanderers, says he hopes someone with "heart, passion and soul" can take over from rogue owner Ken Anderson.
MICHAEL JOHNSON on battling back from constant rejection in his quest to become a manager - and making history with Guyana.
FORMER Stoke and Derby manager Gary Rowett says he admires Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa for “thinking outside the box” and “pushing the envelope”.
FORMER Birmingham, Derby and Stoke manager Gary Rowett is joined by his former Head of Performance, Dave Carolan, and Head of Analysis, Joe Carnall, for the first episode of the new Training Ground Guru podcast.
TRAINING GROUND GURU is launching a new monthly podcast in association with video and analysis experts Hudl.
DAVID MOYES says he does not regret changing Sir Alex Ferguson’s backroom staff when he took over at Manchester United in 2013.
WATFORD manager Javi Gracia says he only shouts at his players if they are winning.
BY making 12 signings in a single summer transfer window, Fulham were always setting themselves up to struggle.
MOST Premier League clubs now have a Sporting Director or equivalent. What do they do? And what makes a good one? David Slemen, founder of Elite Performance Partners, explains.
ROTHERHAM manager Paul Warne has made emotional intelligence key to his leadership style. He told TGG about the importance of openness, authenticity and treating people as individuals.
LEEDS manager Marcelo Bielsa says "what makes you important when you win is the same thing that makes you useless when you lose" as far as the media is concerned.
NORWICH CITY Sporting Director Stuart Webber explains how the club has been rebuilt on and off the pitch since his arrival in April 2017.
ROTHERHAM manager Paul Warne says the Championship has become “Premier League 2 and the rest” because of the “obscene amounts of money” being spent.
NORWICH CITY Sporting Director Stuart Webber says he is hoping for “real clarity” from Leeds United about the extent of their spying - and for them to “show a bit of class” and apologise for their actions.
IPSWICH owner Marcus Evans says Lee O’Neill will oversee “the club’s long-term strategy and principles” in his new role as General Manager of Football Operations.
SIX years ago today, PSG Performance Manager Nick Broad died following a road traffic accident in Paris. He left a lasting impression at former clubs including Blackburn and Chelsea - and in the industry as a whole.
HUDDERSFIELD Sporting Director Olaf Rebbe leaves by mutual consent, with the club saying they are seeking a "fresh start" as they hunt for a new manager.
ARSENAL manager Unai Emery believes it is important to create “friction” with his players to get the best out of them.
LEAD analyst Ben Knapper has been promoted to the new role of Loans Manager by Arsenal.
"YOUR time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." Excerpts from an inspirational speech that Apple founder Steve Jobs gave to students at Stanford University in 2005.
First team coaches Stefano Rapetti and Silvino Louro, technical scout Ricardo Formosinho, fitness coach Carlos Lalin and analyst Giovanni Cerra have all departed United following the sacking of Jose Mourinho last week.
FORMER Southampton Vice Chairman Les Reed has replaced Dan Ashworth as Technical Director of the Football Association.
ASHLEY GILES was at a crossroads in his career when he started the Master of Sport Directorship course in 2014. Now he is about to begin a role as the Managing Director of English cricket.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST have appointed Kyriakos Dourekas as their new Director of Football.
FLEETWOOD TOWN Sporting Director Gretar Steinsson has left the club after four years to become Chief European Scout at Everton.
NEW Burnley Technical Director Mike Rigg says manager Sean Dyche will still have the first and last say on all signings at the club.
HOW do we prepare youngsters for the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambitious) world of professional football? UCFB think they've come up with a way along outdoor adventure specialists WAKTU.
MIKE RIGG, the former Chief Footballing Officer at Fulham, has been appointed Technical Director at Burnley.
COLIN COOPER has left his role as assistant manager of the England Under-21s after two and a half years, the Football Association has confirmed.
ANDY SCOTT has been promoted to Sporting Director by Watford after a year as Football Recruitment Director.
WHEREVER Roberto Martinez has been as a manager, he's had Richard Evans by his side. The Welshman tells us about a journey that has taken in promotions, an FA Cup final and the latter stages of a World Cup.
BRENTFORD Technical Director Robert Rowan has died from heart failure at the age of 28, the club has announced.
NEW ZEALAND All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says he has not conducted a single pre-match team talk in his seven years in charge.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Martin Hunter has followed Vice Chairman Les Reed through the exit door at Southampton.
LES REED, Southampton's most senior football figure, has been sacked after eight years at the club.
BURNLEY director Brendan Flood says the club has intentionally hired “young, hungry” managers, because they will “always give you more” than big-name ex-players.
GARY BOWYER reflects on his time as manager of Blackburn and Blackpool - and how his experiences with Brian Clough and Roy Keane helped shape his career.
BURNLEY co-owner Brendan Flood says the club are bringing in a Technical Director to improve their overseas recruitment.
IPSWICH staff have already been told that Paul Lambert is to take over as manager, TGG understands.
PEP GUARDIOLA has credited two ‘geniuses’ with inspiring him to do things differently.
DAN ALTMAN has stepped down from his controversial role as Senior Adviser for Football Operations at Swansea City after almost two years.
HOW can a leader affect the culture of their team? As Professor Damian Hughes reveals, there are several examples of how Sir Alex Ferguson managed to do this successfully during his 26-year reign at Manchester United.
FIVE key roles are are having a transformational effect on high-performance teams, says David Slemen of Elite Performance Partners.
MIKE PHELAN gives a fascinating insight into his work as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant and as part of the ‘team behind the team' at Old Trafford.
BURNLEY are recruiting for the new role of Technical Director to support manager Sean Dyche.
SIR ALEX FERGUSON harnessed culture to great effect during Manchester United’s golden age, as did Pep Guardiola at Barcelona. This is an area United must refocus on if they are to rediscover their former glories, says Professor Damian Hughes.
LEYTON ORIENT chairman Nigel Travis tells us how he's applied business principles learnt over several decades to pull the club out of the 'abyss'.
BRIGHTON Chief Executive Paul Barber says the appointment of Technical Director Dan Ashworth will enable the club to reach the “next level”.
READING have appointed Italian Gianluca Nani as their new Sporting Director following the departure of Brian Tevreden to Belgian side KSV Roeselare.
ROTHERHAM boss Paul Warne explains why emotional intelligence is a key part of his management style.
THE pioneering Master of Sport Directorship course at Manchester Metropolitan University is about to welcome its fifth cohort of students. We spoke to three to find out what they hope to learn.
GARY NEVILLE says Manchester United have been a ‘horror show’ since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement because they abandoned their long-term philosophy.
MANCHESTER UNITED are considering how best to replace Javier Ribalta following the Spaniard’s unexpected exit to Zenit St Petersburg this week.
SALFORD CITY co-owner Gary Neville has defended the club’s spending, saying there is an “established elite” that “don’t want the new boys to come along”.
DESPITE their humbling at the World Cup, Germany are determined to become the world's centre of excellence for football knowledge. At the heart of this is the Think Tank, headed up by Dr Thomas Hauser.
WEST HAM have appointed Mario Husillos as their new Director of Football - a decision that seems to have been heavily influenced by manager Manuel Pellegrini.
THERE is just a week to go to Cohesive Coaching - an exclusive half-day event in Manchester featuring Brian Ashton, Dan Micciche, Tony Strudwick and Martin Fairn - and all tickets have now been sold.
FORMER Manchester United goalkeeping coach Tony Coton is returning to Sunderland, where he suffered a career-ending injury as a player.
FINDING a female in the boardroom of an English football club is a tough task, even in 2018. Dr Sara Ward from Manchester Metropolitan University explains why more needs to be done.
HOW a challenge in the Lake District helped Burnley's coaches develop leadership and teamwork.
INCOMING Everton Director of Football Marcel Brands says he is looking for a ‘modern coach’ who will give the club’s Academy players a chance.
FORMER FA Head of Communications Adrian Bevington has been appointed Head of Recruitment Operations at Middlesbrough.
THE 40-year-old will oversee scouting, analysis, sports science and medicine, while working closely with Academy boss Leigh Bromby.
THE 56-year-old has been Technical Director at PSV since 2010 and helped them win the Eredivisie in three of the last four seasons.
STRIKER Anthony Mounier left St Etienne just four days after joining them on loan last year. The case shows how costly it can be if clubs don't do their due diligence properly.
WHETHER they win, lose or draw in the first leg of their League Two play-off semi against Exeter this afternoon, you can expect Lincoln's players to be sweeping the floor of their changing room at the end of the game - just like the All Blacks do.
SPANISH side Espanyol have made an approach for Wolves European scout Miguel Rios.
CHRIS BADLAN, Norwich’s Head of European Scouting, has been appointed as Head of Recruitment at Coventry City.
STOKE CITY goalkeeper Jack Butland hits out at the club’s “farcical” recruitment policy following their relegation from the Premier League.
STEVEN GERRARD has been confirmed as the new manager of Rangers after signing a four-year deal with the Glasgow club.
JOSE MOURINHO says his assistant Rui Faria would be “a good fit” for Arsenal and that he would “help him to pack and carry the bags” if he did land a big job.
INDIA manager Stephen Constantine says he cannot get a job in England because club owners always “hire somebody they know”.
TOMMY WIDDRINGTON has been appointed Head of Recruitment at Bristol Rovers, little more than a year after joining Coventry City to become the “cornerstone” of their recruitment process.
MIDDLESBROUGH are seeking a High Court injunction to prevent Garry Monk’s backroom staff working with him at Birmingham until December 28th.
IPSWICH TOWN owner Marcus Evans says his new manager will focus purely on the first team, leaving scouting, sport science and youth development to the experts who are already in position at the club.
IN an exclusive interview, Dan Micciche reflects on his three months at the helm at MK Dons.
WEST BROM'S Richard Garlick has been appointed as the Premier League's new Director of Football.
THE Premier League is poised to announce its new Director of Football, having completed interviews with the shortlisted candidates.
MUCH of the credit for Wolves' promotion to the Premier League has understandably gone to manager Nuno Espirito Santo. But Sporting Director Kevin Thelwell, a man we seldom hear of or from, has arguably been just as important.
WEST BROM have sacked Technical Director Nick Hammond and replaced him with Italian consultant Giuliano Terraneo.
PSV EINDHOVEN have confirmed that Everton have made approaches for their Technical Director Marcel Brands.
MANCHESTER UNITED are recruiting for the new role of Head of Football Operations to oversee the Aon Training Complex.
GARETH SOUTHGATE said his players had learnt from a truly elite team after he took them on a secret mission with the Royal Marines Commandos. We asked former Commando JJ Chalmers what makes them so special.
THIS is the seventh job of Mark Hughes' managerial career - and the seventh time he's appointed the same assistants. Is a fear of the unfamiliar holding him back?
TACTICAL decisions during matches will soon be made using positional data and machine learning rather than a manager's subjective judgement, according to the head of scouting and analysis for the German national team.
LEEDS UNITED Director of Football Victor Orta insists he has never signed a player without the approval of the manager.
KIERON DYER says England underachieve at major tournaments because everyone is “scared” of playing for the national team.
NATHAN WINDER, the new Leeds United Head of Sport Science, got a team on a small budget to punch well above its weight at Barnsley.
PAUL MITCHELL has been appointed Head of Recruitment and Development at RB Leipzig after the club endured an "unacceptable" January transfer window.
NICKY LAW, Burnley’s Head of Academy Recruitment, has explained how humility is key to the club’s DNA.
HOW are League Two Exeter City managing to produce so many good young players, including Chelsea starlet Ethan Ampadu? Dan Kelly, their Head of Academy Recruitment explains all.
DAN MICCICHE, the former England Under-16 coach, has been appointed manager of MK Dons and vowed to produce an "attacking, creative and expressive" team.
TOO often, fitness staff and coaches are the victims when a manager loses his job. We're also seeing a narrowing of chances for British staff. TGG is calling for a change of approach.
Richard Collinge, Watford’s former Head of Medical, has brought a discrimination case against the club, claiming he lost his job because he was English.
CARLO ANCELOTTI has paid tribute to Nick Broad, his former performance supremo at both Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, who died five years ago at the age of 38.
DANNY MURPHY says some England coaches have been appointed because of a “jobs-for-the-boys” culture and that the path into management is too “restrictive” for ex-players.
THE FA laid down exactly what it means to be an England international in 2014 - and many clubs are now following suit.
PIPPA GRANGE has started as the Football Association's first Head of People and Team Development, tasked with building psychological resilience in the 16 England teams.
OUR top 10 best-read stories of 2017, ranging from Redfearn to Ranieri.
ARSENAL have appointed Barcelona’s Raul Sanllehi to the new position of Head of Football Relations.
RIO FERDINAND, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard tell BT Sport that club rivalries played a major part in the 'Golden Generation' failing to realise its potential.
HOW culture has been key to Östersunds' rise from the Swedish fourth division to the last 32 of the Europa League.
RANGERS caretaker manager Graeme Murty says the club’s focus on youth is beginning to pay dividends for the first team.
MARTIN EDWARDS transformed Manchester United from a club in the doldrums into a corporate juggernaut. So why doesn't he get more credit? Ben Dirs went to meet the club's unloved emperor.
SARACENS chairman Nigel Wray says caring about players and taking a long-term view has turned his team from expensive flops into the best side in Europe.
CRAIG KLINE has left his role as Assistant Director of Football Operations at Fulham.
TONY CASCARINO says managers have become football’s most over-rated personnel.
SIR ALEX FERGUSON explains why he made youth the foundation of his success at Man Utd - even when it led to complaints in the House of Commons.
A new app from The Sports Office promises to give senior staff top-level information from their key departments no matter where they are.
WHY, when a third of Premier League starters on the opening weekend of the season were BAME, are so few of the sports media who report on them?
HERE are the 10 lucky winners who will get a copy of Ben Lyttleton's brilliant new book Edge.
FOOTBALL clubs need to start using fair, transparent recruitment processes instead of relying on existing social relationships, argue Dr Dan Parnell and Dr Paul Widdop.
WHY coaches are challenging the notion that the collective always counts for more than the individual.
EDDIE JONES' Q&A at Soccerex was as intense and stimulating as one of the his coaching sessions. Read and listen to it here.
ENGLAND rugby coach Eddie Jones created back-page news with his superb session at the Soccerex conference this week.
TONY STRUDWICK, Manchester United's Head of Performance, is approaching 20 years as a practitioner in pro football. We caught up with him at Soccerex to talk about changes in the industry, Sir Alex Ferguson and Marcus Rashford.
GERMANY team manager Oliver Bierhoff says modern players are ‘independent entrepreneurs’ who will not accept the ‘command and control’ style of leadership.
CRYSTAL PALACE manager Frank de Boer has welcomed the appointment of Dougie Freedman as the club's Sporting Director.
ANTONIO CONTE now has nine Italians in his backroom staff following a duo of additions last month - making it the first time since Roman Abramovich took over in 2003 that not a single Brit is among the manager's assistants.
ARSENE WENGER says the manager of the future will not even need a football background, because his or her decisions will be based on science and technology.
ENGLAND rugby union coach Eddie Jones visited West Brom yesterday and praised Tony Pulis as ‘a coach who coaches’.
LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp has picked out six key backroom staff without whom he would be ‘nothing’.
EXCLUSIVE: Rene Meulensteen, who was Sir Alex Ferguson's lieutenant for six years, outlines what made the Scot such a great leader.
BRENDAN RODGERS inspired his Celtic players before the Scottish Cup final with messages from loved ones and personalised lockers.
MANCHESTER CITY Academy director Mark Allen has been named as the new Director of Football at Glasgow Rangers.
LEYTON ORIENT have appointed former player and manager Martin Ling as their new Director of Football.
A story about how Roy Keane helped his old team-mate Gary Charles challenges the public perception of the Man Utd legend.
BRITISH coaches will get more opportunities and progress further if they are willing to work with a Sporting Director, Norwich’s Stuart Webber believes.
FORMER Manchester City technical director Mike Rigg is in the process of trying to set up the country’s first Association of Sporting Directors.
ENGLAND boss Gareth Southgate has outlined how he plans to get his team playing without inhibition.
ENGLAND UNDER-21s have appointed a sports psychologist for the Euros in Poland after identifying the absence of one as a key flaw in 2015.
IPSWICH Managing Director Ian Milne says he does not believe in Norwich’s new structure and prefers a manager to be in charge of all footballing matters.
The British and Irish Lions have taken a 36-strong backroom staff to New Zealand - but no psychologist.
ENGLAND manager Gareth Southgate took his squad on a secret trip to the Royal Marines’ Commando Training Centre in a bid to build their teamwork, leadership and adaptability.
ENGLAND rugby coach Eddie Jones is letting his squad take some of their own training sessions as he seeks to make them 'participants not recipients'.
THE All Blacks have been getting inspiration from an unusual source as they prepare for their upcoming series against the British and Irish Lions.
SIR CLIVE WOODWARD says training with the Marines was key to his side winning the Rugby World Cup in 2003.
NEW ZEALAND mental skills coach Gilbert Enoka has given an insight into how to think like an All Black.
JOHN BARNES does not believe Chris Hughton’s success at Brighton will help the plight of black managers, because he will be “elevated out of blackness”.