What was Sir Alex Ferguson like as a person when the cameras weren’t on him? What was it like to be a part of one of the world’s most famous youth academies and win a Treble of Championships with one of the most storied and powerful sports brands? Listen to this episode with former Manchester United Player, Mark Wilson, to hear his amazing stories and his outlook on developing the next generation.
7:00 What it was like training at one of the greatest youth soccer academies in the world
12:10 Mark’s Rule of One Moment
22:10 The massive importance of engaging parents in the process
31:40 “My highest paid years were my most miserable” – you have to enjoy the game
39:00 The two most influential players during his career
46:30 One of the most influential coaches Mark ever met
57:00 Mark explains Beyond Pulse
1:06:30 Mark’s final thoughts and how to find him online
About Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson began his career playing in the famed Manchester United Academy. He spent 7 years learning and developing under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, Brian Kidd, Steve Mclaren, Eric Harrison and Mike Phelan. He played in the premier league, Champions league, Fifa World Club Cup and Carling Cup during my time. A football education that can only be rivaled by a select few clubs in the world. Wilson won the Denzil Haroun Player of the Year Award back in the treble winning year of 98/99.
After Manchester United, he moved to Middlesborough in August 2001. He 4 years playing in the premier league with the likes of Alen Boksic, Paul Ince, Juninho, and Gareth Southgate. Another layer of football education at the highest level of the game.
He also spent 2 seasons playing in MLS for F.C Dallas, Winning the conference twice and playing in the Lamar Hunt open cup final against L.A Galaxy. A great experience playing a different style of football in a hot climate.
Finally, Mark spent 5 and a half years in arguably Doncaster Rovers most successful period in their history under Sean O’Driscoll and Richard O’ Kelly, winning their first ever trophy in the Johnstones paint cup final at the millennium stadium in Cardiff followed by a promotion to the championship via the playoff final at Wembley against Leeds United the following season. 3 more successful seasons have followed in the championship. Dubbed the ‘Arsenal’ of league 1 and the championship, the team were recognized for their free-flowing passing style of football and unwavering belief in our manager’s, and our own philosophy on playing the game.
He is now founder and head of Sales and Partnerships for Beyond Pulse. It is the ultimate soccer coaching diagnostic tool, empowering coaches with critical health data, resulting in better training, improved player health and performance. Beyond Pulse provides a cost-effective and simple to use system for every layer and ability level of the game.
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