National Player Pathway
Scots coaches sign-up for master class
Friday, 06 April 2012
Scotland’s coaching contingent from the Barclays Premier League have signed-up to provide an unprecedented managerial master class at Hampden Park later this month.
Six of the seven managers currently in charge in the most high-profile league in world football have accepted the invitation to present at the Scottish FA’s Continuous Professional Development course on Monday, April 16.
Kenny Dalglish, David Moyes, Alex McLeish, Owen Coyle, Paul Lambert and Steve Kean will be heading north as part of the Scottish coaching fraternity’s commitment to CPD, a UEFA initiative that requires all coaching licence holders to undertake 15 hours of professional development outwith employment in a three-year period.
Around 150 coaches are expected to attend the seminar.
Sir Alex Ferguson, the most successful Scottish coach of all-time, has already made a special presentation as part of the project. Confirmation of the return of the country’s most prominent coaches follows the recent presentations provided by Andre Villas-Boas, the former Chelsea manager, and Marcello Lippi, Italy’s legendary World Cup-winning coach.
The Liverpool, Everton, Aston Villa, Bolton, Norwich and Blackburn Rovers managers were all specially invited by the Scottish FA’s Director of Football Development, Jim Fleeting, who has presided over the CPD programme along with Donald Park for the past three years.
“In Scotland, we have been blessed with some of the finest football coaches the game has ever seen,” said Fleeting. “It is a major bonus that the most successful group of Scottish coaches in the game today have agreed to come up together and take part in what I am sure will be a memorable day for all of our licenced coaches.
“There is a thriving coaching community in this country and the fact that all six of the managers had no hesitation in agreeing to take part – despite having some of the most high-pressured and intense jobs in world football - shows the mutual respect that exists between them.
“It will be fascinating and insightful to hear from each coach on their experiences, their coaching methods, their man-management styles and their day-to-handling of the unique situations they find themselves in at their clubs.
“The seminar will be invaluable to all coaches, not just in terms of the requirements of CPD, but in their current careers and future careers. CPD has given coaches the opportunity to learn regardless of their levels of experience or employment. It is the beauty of coaching that whether you are Sir Alex - who has been a long-standing supporter of our programmes – or a new coach starting out, there is always something that can be learned from another coach’s experiences.
“Marcello Lippi and Andre Villas-Boas gave us an unforgettable evening last year and we are grateful to each of the coaches who has agreed to present on April 16.”