Rank #1: The Will to Win with Bill Beswick
Bill Beswick is a remarkable man. On the eve of the World Cup I wanted to share this insite with you on what it takes to win - both in sport and in life. Bill recognised as a leader in the field of applied sports psychology and especially renowned for his work with professional elite football teams. With an academic background to Masters degree level and experience as Head Coach to England Men’s Basketball Team (Commonwealth Games Gold Medal Winners), Bill was ideally placed to become the first sports psychologist operating fully in English professional soccer. In football, Bill has worked at Derby County, Manchester United, Middlesbrough & Sunderland in the Premier League and contributes to UEFA Pro Licence award courses for a number of European Football Associations. He has international experience with the England U18 and U21 squads and as Team Psychologist with England Senior Men. Currently Bill is consultant Club Psychologist to FC Twente in the Dutch Eredivisie. He also provides mentoring and support to senior rugby union coaches, including supporting England Women’s Rugby coaching team through their 2010 World Cup campaign and is unique in having England international experience across three major team sports: basketball, football and rugby.
Rank #2: Rafa Benitez
I spoke to Rafa Benítez about Newcastle, Istanbul and his passion for coaching. You have never heard him so open and honest.
Rank #3: Jürgen Klopp
I sat down with Jurgen Klopp to discuss his playing career, working in a bar, recognising birds by their sound, Liverpool, his dad... And yes, the Champions League final!
Rank #4: Marcos Alonso - On Chelsea, Real Madrid & the World Cup
I sat down with Marcos Alonso of Chelsea FC and Spain to discuss his career and future ambitions ahead of the FA Cup Final and World Cup.
Rank #5: Coaching & Prejudices: The need for a revolution
I sat down with Chris Ramsey, Ian Cathro and Ben Garner to discuss the many hurdles coaches, young & old have to jump to get a chance. We also touch on the prejudices which still exist in football.This is a real passion project for me. Getting into the state, good & bad of coaching in the UK.
Rank #6: Xabi Alonso
Welcome back to my podcast. As far as successful football careers go, few can match the feats of Xabi Alonso. But despite his amazing success as a player he remains one of the humblest of guys. He tells me all about what he's up to now he's retired, looks back over his successes at Liverpool, Real Madrid & Bayern Munich and, of course, Spain. We also discuss his ambition to become a manager in the future - the Liverpool fans out there may especially like this section. Liverpool fan or not, though, Xabi is a fascinating man and I'm sure this comes across in this interview. Let me know what you think and listen out for more episodes. Also, feel free to leave a review (5 stars, of course). Everyone who leaves a review, good or bad, will get a name check in a future episode. Gracias, Guillem
Rank #7: Pep Guardiola - Pablo Zabaleta & Harry Kewell on the football genius
Welcome to my first podcast. Fresh from winning the Premier League, Pep Guardiola is again being spoken about as a man who sees football like no other. I got the thoughts on Guardiola from two different angles - a player and a coach. I spoke with Pablo Zabaleta, a man referred to as a 'Manchester City Legend' by Pep himself, on what it was like working for him as a player. We also hear from Harry Kewell. The two never worked together - although it could have happened at one point - but the Crawley Town Manager regards Guardiola as the one of the best coaches of all time. As he says, Pep makes the simple game much more simple - that's the genius. Let me know what you think and listen out for more episodes. Also, feel free to leave a review (5 stars, of course). Everyone who leaves a review, good or bad, will get a name check in a future episode. Gracias, Guillem