Michael O’Neill: International football and managing the media

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill spoke of the differences between club and international management during a recent Executive Guest Speaker appearance at UCFB Etihad Campus.

O’Neill began his managerial career with Scottish side Brechin City before moving back to Ireland and enjoying a two-year stint with Shamrock Rovers. Having then moved in to international management in 2011, O’Neill spoke to students about some of the key tests he faced when taking charge of Northern Ireland’s national side.

He said: “It...

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Niall Quinn tells students: ‘Technology allows pundits to give audience a learning experience’

By Max Carlyle

As a player, manager and chairman, to call Niall Quinn a seasoned veteran of the game would be an understatement. Between the start of his playing days at Arsenal in 1983 to his current role as a co-commentator and pundit at Sky, among many others, the former Republic of Ireland international has observed a shift in the landscape of how football is consumed by its audience.

During a talk with students at UCFB Wembley, Quinn had a lot to...

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Harry Redknapp tells UCFB students: ‘Don’t be afraid’

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp gave students an inside look into the world of elite football management during his recent guest speaker talk at UCFB Wembley.

Redknapp is one of the most established and well respected managers in the English game, having also managed clubs including West Ham United, Portsmouth, QPR and Birmingham City.

Having experienced the Champions League, Premier League and Championship as a manager, and coached players including Gareth Bale and Paolo Di Canio, Redknapp is well...

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Chris Hughton: ‘A thirst for knowledge is the most important thing’

By Rebecca Hawksworth

In an exclusive interview with UCFB as part of the LMA Insight Series, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton shared his thoughts on how to be a successful football coach and the opportunities for black and minority coaches in the industry.

The former Newcastle United, Birmingham City, and Norwich City manager also discussed how to deal with setbacks in your career and the best way to get a foot in the door in the sports industry.

“I’ve always been...

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Simon Grayson and Craig Shakespeare to kick off Executive Guest Speaker Series at UCFB

UCFB is delighted to announce that former Leeds United manager Simon Grayson and former Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare will be the first Executive Guest Speakers of the 2018/19 academic year.

Grayson, whose most recent role saw him take the reins at Bradford City, will address students at UCFB Etihad Campus on Monday 24th September, and Shakespeare, who’s playing career included over 100 appearances for West Bromwich Albion, will appear at UCFB Wembley on the Wednesday 26th September.

Simon Grayson

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill: ‘There are so many opportunities in football’

By Rebecca Hawksworth

UCFB Etihad Campus recently welcomed Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill to speak to students about the world of coaching and football management.

With UCFB’s three coaching degree programmes – BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management, BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching and BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Talent Development – among its most popular, O’Neill shared some valuable advice for those trying to break into the coaching and management industry.

He told students: “I think the biggest advice I could...

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Gareth Southgate: ‘Part of coaching is having a thirst for knowledge and improving’

UCFB spoke exclusively to England manager Gareth Southgate midway through 2017, just before England guaranteed their place at the 2018 World Cup. As the nation prepares for a vital last-16 game against Colombia, we revisit Southgate’s thoughts on leadership, the importance of education and the ability to learn from others and past mistakes.

This interview originally appeared in UCFB’s Future Sport magazine, which can be read in full here.

An England manager will collate as many column inches throughout a...

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Belgium manager Roberto Martinez tells UCFB students: ‘Find out what you’re good at and make it exceptional’

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez told UCFB students the importance of obtaining a good education to be a success in the sports industry.

Speaking to UCFB Etihad Campus students as part of the Executive Guest Speaker Series, the former Everton boss told students how he has used experiences from his different managerial positions to better his understanding of the game.

? Watch Roberto Martinez message to UCFB students! What an absolute inspiration he...

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UCFB and the Rugby Football League – ‘A fantastic relationship’

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Among UCFB’s many elite industry partners are the Rugby Football League, a place where graduates work and students can gain vital work experience.

Kait Ludwig, the club marketing and business operations manager for the governing body, was a recent visitor to UCFB Etihad Campus where she spoke to students as part of the Executive Guest Speaker Series. Her insightful talk covered topics from women in sport, to marketing and working abroad.

?️Kait Ludwig, Club Marketing & Business Operations...

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‘Women at the top of sport are an inspiration’

By Rebecca Hawksworth

Having worked her way up to club marketing and business operations manager at the Rugby Football League, Kait Ludwig offered female students at UCFB invaluable advice on how to be a success in the sports industry.

On a recent visit to UCFB Etihad Campus to take part in an Executive Guest Speaker Series talk, Kait gave her thoughts on how the industry is being shaped ever more by the roles females are playing at top organisations.

?️Kait Ludwig,...

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