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Saturday 31 October 2015

Football icons give talks to students

'Architect' of the Premier League provides new perspective

Dubbed by the Sunday Times as 'the spiritual godfather of the Premier League', sports consultant and author Alex Fynn visited the University this week to discuss his role in the development of the world's most popular football league. Alex, who was a director at Saatchi and Saatchi for 17 years and was instrumental in the introduction of the Premier League in 1992, provided a hitherto largely unconsidered perspective on the league's formation, and on the various opportunities that were missed at the time the league came into being. LMCFR director Dr Richard Elliott said of the lecture: "All of the students will be very familiar with what the Premier League has become, however, few will have been aware of many of the issues that led to the formation of the league before tonight's lecture. Having heard Alex speak, they'll now go away with a new perspective."

Students relish Q&A with Premier League icon

Former Southampton and England international, Matt Le Tissier, visited the University this week to take part in what has now become his annual question and answer session with staff and students. Visiting for the sixth time, the man dubbed 'Le God' responded frankly to the questions that were asked. These ranged from his own experiences playing in the Premier League and for England, to more general questions about the game and his more recent work with Sky television. LMCFR director, Dr Richard Elliott said of the session: "I'm really grateful to Matt for giving up his time to come in and speak today. He's able to answer questions from a range of footballing angles and, as always, is incredibly honest and open. The students really enjoyed the session today."

Centre president talks management

LMCFR president, Lawrie McMenemy MBE, lectured to students this week, sharing his philosophy on management. During the lecture, Lawrie discussed how he built teams and motivated and managed players, eventually leading them to league and cup success. Additionally, he talked about the broader structural changes that have occurred in the game and also career opportunities in the football and sports industries. Discussing the lecture, LMCFR director Dr Richard Elliott commented: "Lawrie has seen an enormous amount of change in professional football throughout his career and I'm always delighted when he gives up so much of his time to share his experiences and pass on his wisdom. This has been an enormously valuable session for the students."

Former Premier League star provides inspirational insight

Former Juventus, St Etienne, Portsmouth and Stoke City striker Vincent Pericard visited Solent University this week to talk about the realities of being a professional footballer. Offering an inspirational and eye-opening insight into the difficulties that some players face, Vincent talked candidly about his own career before taking a range of thoughtful and penetrating questions from the large audience in attendance. During his talk Vincent also introduced Elite Welfare Management (EWM), the not-for-profit organisation that he has founded. Working in conjunction with centre director Dr Richard Elliott and the LMCFR, EWM aims to provide a comprehensive education and welfare package for players to assist them with issues such as cultural assimilation and psychological well-being.

Fulham youth development role for graduate

Football Studies graduate, David Langridge, has been appointed as foundation coach at Fulham FC. David will be responsible for coaching a group in the pre-academy stage. Additionally, he will use his skills as a talent ID scout where he will identify appropriate players for trial at the club. Discussing how his degree prepared him to work in football, David said: "My degree at Southampton Solent University definitely prepared me for this role as I gained a better knowledge and understanding of what was needed to work within a professional football club. This was down to the numerous discussions with tutors in lectures and seminars that facilitated some of the greatest and most enjoyable learning experiences I have ever received." David is one of a number of Solent University football graduates who have secured employment with Fulham FC.