Training Ground Guru Podcast
#13: Tony Strudwick: The past, present and future of sports science

#13: Tony Strudwick: The past, present and future of sports science

April 1, 2020

Tony Strudwick, the Wales and Sheffield Wednesday Head of Performance, talks about coping during the coronavirus crisis, the future of sports science and his memories of working alongside Sir Alex Ferguson. 

#12: Gerard Houllier: Taking Liverpool into the 21st Century

#12: Gerard Houllier: Taking Liverpool into the 21st Century

March 5, 2020
For this episode, TGG went to the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London to speak with Gerard Houllier. The former Liverpool manager spoke about changing the culture at Anfield, leaving a legacy and what he thinks about Jurgen Klopp and his current side.
 
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#11: Stewart Downing: Final chapter in a stellar career

#11: Stewart Downing: Final chapter in a stellar career

February 7, 2020

Blackburn Rovers midfielder Stewart Downing tells TGG about his 19th season in professional football. The 35-year-old also looks back on his time with Middlesbrough, Aston Villa, Liverpool and England. 

#10: Eddie Jones: Lessons in coaching, leadership and life

#10: Eddie Jones: Lessons in coaching, leadership and life

January 9, 2020

In an exclusive interview, England rugby coach Eddie Jones tells TGG about his philosophy on coaching, leadership and life. The Australian reflects on the aftermath of the Rugby World Cup final and shares insights on tactical periodisation, meetings with Pep Guardiola and maverick players. 

#9: Big Data Conference

#9: Big Data Conference

December 2, 2019

This episode is brought to you from TGG's Big Data Conference in Manchester. Three of the key speakers from the day talk to Josh Schneider-Weiler about how data analysis is used in elite football. We hear from: Mladen Sormaz, the Head of Football Analytics at Leicester City; Luke Benstead, the Head of Performance Analysis and Innovation for Belgium; and Ed Sulley, Director of Customer Solutions for Hudl.

#8: Paul Balsom: To the Premier League and Beyond with Leicester City

#8: Paul Balsom: To the Premier League and Beyond with Leicester City

October 31, 2019

Welcome to the Training Ground Guru Podcast, in association with Hudl. For this episode, we spoke to Paul Balsom, Head of Performance Innovation for Leicester City. He spoke about the approach sports science during the title-winning season, player empowerment, building a culture at the club and using data in the future.

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#7: Victor Orta: Guiding the Leeds Revolution

#7: Victor Orta: Guiding the Leeds Revolution

October 8, 2019

Welcome to the Training Ground Guru podcast, in association with Hudl. For this episode, Simon Austin went to Elland Road to speak to Leeds United’s Sporting Director, Victor Orta. He's followed by Wyscout's CEO, Matteo Campodonico, who discusses how Wyscout is changing football.  

#6: Les Ferdinand: From Boot Room to Boardroom

#6: Les Ferdinand: From Boot Room to Boardroom

September 3, 2019
Welcome to the Training Ground Guru podcast, in association with Hudl. For this episode, Josh Schneider-Weiler went to QPR’s training ground to speak to their Director of Football, Les Ferdinand. They talked about a new era at QPR, the club's approach to recruitment and what it's like to be a pioneer for black executives in the game.   
#5: Elite Analysts Forum

#5: Elite Analysts Forum

July 24, 2019

Welcome to the Training Ground Guru podcast, in association with Hudl. For this episode, we’re at Hudl’s 2019 Elite User Conference in Las Vegas. Host Derek Hernandez is joined by Cathal Garvey, Head of Performance Analysis for Rugby Australia, Ed Sulley, former Head of Research and Innovation for Manchester City, and Rhys Long, Head of Performance Analysis and Insight for the Football Association.

#4: Dave Reddin: England’s Performance Pioneer

#4: Dave Reddin: England’s Performance Pioneer

July 18, 2019

For this episode, Simon Austin went to St George’s Park to meet Dave Reddin, Head of Team Strategy and Performance at the Football Association. Last month, Reddin announced he would be stepping down from the role in December, after almost six years at the FA. Simon asked him about his eventful, and sometimes controversial, reign.