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Juan Pablo Ángel

Ready for adventure

Juan Pablo Ángel spent six happy seasons with Aston Villa in the Premier League. Here, he talks of the playing career that started and finished in his native Colombia, via River Plate in Argentina
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Javier Saviola

Watching and learning

Javier Saviola played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid during a successful playing career, and is now preparing for a career in management. He tells The Coaches’ Voice about the influences he plans to use as a coach – and what makes Marcelo Bielsa so special
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John Toshack

Shankly’s recipe

Former Real Madrid and Wales boss John Toshack played for a Liverpool team managed by Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley. He talks about the influence of the famed Boot Room on his own first steps into coaching at Swansea City
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Xabi Alonso

Ready to absorb

As he begins his first senior coaching role at Real Sociedad, Xabi Alonso looks back on a playing career that saw him play alongside Steven Gerrard at Liverpool and Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid. He also reflects on famous rivalries with Frank Lampard at Chelsea, and the great Barcelona of Pep Guardiola
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Michael Appleton


West Bromwich Albion coach Michael Appleton reflects on his journey through the Manchester United academy, and how his time as a player under Sir Alex Ferguson shaped him as a coach
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Gary Rowett

Quick learner

Former Birmingham City, Derby County and Stoke City manager Gary Rowett on the steep learning curve of his first job as number one at Burton Albion
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Markus Babbel

Paradise city

Western Sydney Wanderers head coach Markus Babbel on the painful memories of a Champions League final with Bayern Munich – and why his time at Liverpool FC had to come to an end
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Phil Parkinson

Mind game

Phil Parkinson talks exclusively to The Coaches’ Voice about the huge challenge Bolton Wanderers face in the Championship, and how he’s developed the tools to handle it
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Alex McLeish

Phone a friend

Scotland national team manager Alex McLeish on the influence that Sir Alex Ferguson had on him as both player and coach, and the challenges he faced in his early days as a coach at Motherwell, Hibernian and Rangers
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