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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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Ossie Ardiles

The midfield ambassador

Ossie Ardiles on his journey as player and manager with Tottenham Hotspur, his relationship with Mauricio Pochettino and why the ‘Famous Five’ were not all that they seemed
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Abel Ferreira

Planting the seed

Former Braga manager Abel Ferreira on his coaching journey and how Football Manager helped him form his approach to competing against the biggest clubs in Portugal for the Primeira Liga
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Howard Wilkinson

A chance to fly

Howard Wilkinson on guiding Leeds United to the league title, and how his experiences with Boston United, Notts County and Sheffield Wednesday helped form the managerial approach that helped him become the last English manager to win the English league championship
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