Warm Up

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  • Run down length of cones both feet in gap between each cones x2
  • Repeat Sideways left and Rightx2
  • Side step through cones x2
  • Backwards Sidestep x2
  • Sprint length of cones x1
  • Reaction Sprints 360 Degree
  • Rondo/Passing/Sequence Passing

Recently left a club where I was lead coach of a u13s group. Above was the warm up routine that I used on a weekly basis. Might prove to be useful.

Player Made

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Something made by a young player, impressive work.

Artwork Sample

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Some nice messing around with the filters available. Turned out really nicely.

Artwork

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Recently started embracing my inner geek and experimenting with some photoshop ideas, naturally all of them are going to be football related. So at the moment I will gradually published my past ideas and continue to mess about with new ones to see whats what, if your club are interested in getting something like this done please let me know and I would be happy to help, keeping in mind its entirely free.

QA with Tony McInally

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First of all as always let us know a little bit about yourself?

My name is Tony McInally and I am currently manager of Pollok FC, previously of Shotts Bon Accord, Lanark Utd and Cumbernauld Utd. Won 11 major honours as manager, I have UEFA B licence, SFA B Licence plus other certificates/qualifications. Full time director for IT infrastructure reseller company, been in leadership positions in professional life for over 20 years with much correlated areas between business and football. Played professionally for 10 years with St Mirren, Ayr Utd, QoS, Queens Park and Albion Rovers, subsequently played junior for 7 years for Shotts Bon Accord, Benburb and Neilston winning all trophies except Scottish Junior Cup, then played amateur for Heathside and Dalziel HSFP for 3 years winning all trophies at amateur level and also Scottish caps

So how was it you became a coach?

I always loved football – I have been playing and managing for past 40+ years, a football fanatic and every game is different which keeps it real, different teams, players, formations, managers, philosophies, playing style and eras

So to date who would you consider the best players you have worked with?

I’ve been very fortunate to work with many highly talented players at junior level from very talented youngsters to excellent pros at the end of their career. In terms of talented young players,  Ive managed and coached Stefan McCluskey, Andy Scott, Mohammad Niang, Stuart McCann when they were teenagers and they all have very impressive skills and attributes. Love developing players to become the best player they can be. Enjoy taking lads in their early 20’s who are open minded about listening and learning and making them much better players – players like Colin Williamson, Gary McCann, Paul Gallacher, Mark Sideserf, Tam Hanlon spring to mind who have developed into great players who have performed at really good levels for a number of years now.

Older professionals like John Boyack, Robbie Winters, Wullie Howie, David Winters, Gary McStay, Ryan McStay and Ryan McCann were a joy to manage and work with too – they helped me develop as a manager as they challenge you to be better, insist upon best standards at training and games which makes you stay sharp as a manager

It pleases me very much that all these players won things playing in my teams, I helped them a little on their football careers and they enjoyed working with me.

In terms of your development as a coach who would you consider your greatest influence?

I would consider myself more of a manager than a coach having done the UEFA coaching courses. Some individual skill sets are on the training ground, others have an eye for players, other teams, work out ways to beat opposition find a way to win games and trophies – I would say my skills are towards the latter areas rather than purely coaching players. I of course enjoy coaching on a weekly basis but I believe I have more skills in the managerial capacity.

In terms of influences, Ive been really fortunate to have worked with many great managers and coaches – as a teenager I played for Ross Mathie and Andy Roxburgh at Scottish Schoolboy level who were very good, Ricky McFarlane at St Mirren, George Burley at Ayr, Hugh McCann at Queens Park, Tommy O’Neill at Rovers. Big coaching influences were George Dickson and Stewart Ralston at Dalziel who gave me my appetite for football back after playing professional for 6 years – their coaching and mind games got me back playing and motivated again.

So of course we all live for player development, what is your philosophy towards that?

I love working with players on a 1-2-1 or 1-2-few basis helping them become better players. I see every player as a jigsaw so I try put all the pieces together – I let them work as free spirits for a while before I approach them to speak about their development – from there I break down their game in terms of strengths and weaknesses. From this point, I try to enhance the strengths and also, work on their weaknesses to make them better players. I tend to identify certain players who are open minded about becoming better and will work every week and month throughout the season to make them better

At present, I’m working very closely with Stuart McCann, Mohammad Niang and Adam Forde at our club to make them better players.

Finally, would there be any sort of advice you could offer any aspiring coaches out there that are just beginning their journey?

Be open minded, keep it simple, learn from good and bad experiences, take advice from experienced coaches and managers. Find yourself a manager or coach you admire and ask for advice and guidance to bounce ideas, philosophies off and always remember never be complacent – the beauty of football is there is always another game to learn and become better.

Do you have any ambitions beyond your current role?

I’ve had the privilege of the opportunity to become a senior manager a few times but my professional career means I have had a fulfilling job that pays well. It is an honour to be manager at a team such as Pollok who treat me very well and give me the freedom to get on with the job. When I finish at Pollok I may only go scout for senior club in terms of opposition scouting or scouting players.

Big thanks to Tony for taking time out from busy family life to answer a few questions for us.

Resource Drive

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Now I appreciate its not exactly a minority but I thought that I would add a source of material similar to alot of pages utilising google drive. If you have some excess information you want to add to the fold please get in touch and I can add. https://goo.gl/9rN4XB

Stretching

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Another addition to the blog is a source of information for stretching, providing in depth choices addressing potential injury risks and action taken to prevent injuries through appropriate stretching. Please see here.

Concussion

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Just a small post, adding some resources as part of the blog and one of the biggest concerns in football across the board is the lack of structure and procedure in relation to concussion. A physio that was at my previous club considered this source to be one of the most useful in terms of education for the sidelines. Please see the resources section of the blog to see what else is added to the blog.

Freestyling

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Just an idea, a few years ago I came across a couple of players that almost had an obsession with the F2 freestylers, couple of guys that have made some success out of some demos of some nice technical ability. The idea was that I was working with a younger group and to inspire I got an older player in to pick out a skill, offer a demo then allocate some time out of your training session for these younger players to practice this. This from a coaching perspective gives you the opportunity to observe the psychological aspect of your players, who can offer that extra determination in terms of getting better, who can be inspired and so on. If the idea pays off you should potentially see your group maybe trying those skills out on the pitch.

Possession

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This would be one that is used pretty often, I have created a nice illustration to show what I am talking about. The layout is approx 30 by 30 (the white cones)

2 teams of 4 within the box (red and yellow) the simple rule is that team in possession of the ball can use the players on the outside making it 8v4.