COACHING STAFF FOR OXFORD UNIVERSITY CENTAURS 2013/14
- Head Coach: Jon Collins
- Assistant Head Coach: Jed Davies
- Goalkeeper Coach: Wayne Brown
- Coach: Andre Gonzalez
- Coach: Sam Tyack
Areas of expertise: Spanish training methodology, technical skills training and tactical implementation
Jon is a former Reading technical skills coach who has worked with some of the most famous names in the game: Pele, Jairzinho and Carlos Alberto Torres during his career. Collins is a coach who is very much a scholar of the game and has taken dozens of high profile club visits over the years: FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, FC Porto, Sporting Lisbon, Swansea City and many more.
Areas of expertise: tactical implementation, one vs. one specialisation and Juego de posición (Positional Play – a “form follows process” system of play)
During the writing of Davies’ book, a number of in-depth studies, club visits and interviews were conducted that have allowed Davies to grasp an understanding of the complexities in football. Davies considers his first hand experience of Tim Lees of Wigan Athletic, Chris Davies of Liverpool FC, World Football Academy’s Raymond Verheijen and Louis Lancaster of Watford Academy to have had the biggest influence on his current understanding of the game – who alongside Jon Collins, have played important roles in developing an understanding of the tactical side of the game.
Area of expertise: Goalkeeping
Wayne is the Goalkeeper (Player/Coach) at Oxford United FC and has made over five hundred first team appearances for seven different clubs as well as seven caps for the England C team. Brown runs his own goalkeeping academy as part of the Just4Keepers company throughout Oxfordshire and the immediate surrounding counties.
Areas of expertise: periodisation, sport science and Latin training methodology
The former Rio Ave youth coach (the club where Portuguese internationals Fabio Coentrao, Alfredo, Paulinho Santos, Quim and Rui Jorge started their careers) & sports science student of Vitor Frade brings a vast amount of experience to the table and like Collins and Davies, Gonzalez has experience of the Barcelona-methods during various visits and relations made during his career.
Areas of expertise: technical skills training
Sam is a former Worcester City football player (Conference North) and was a very technical central midfielder who developed under former Wigan winger Ray Woods; Woods would later put Tyack forward for England College trials at Lilleshall in 2007. Tyack brings with him a high level of first hand technical experience as a player and is looking forward to developing as a coach under Collins’ management.
The highly ambitious coaching team look to take a group of highly intelligent and high performing group of adults towards a style of football that isn’t seen throughout British football with the freedom of experimentation that many of the professional academies simply do not have – through a bottom up inspired coaching approach where each of the coach’s ideas are valued. There are no top-down conditions whereby a curriculum dictates each of the week’s outcomes. Instead coaches have come together to bring ideas to the table and will work together to realise the highly experimental approach to football coaching.
Outcomes: to implement a very technical style of football through the six hours of contact time per week. Possession, pressing and a considered defensive block are to all be hallmarks in the playing philosophy.
Aspects of this project will take experimental form throughout the course of the season – for example, pressing can be used in three different ways – to delay the opposition, to keep the opposition in a desired part of the field (in one of the three vertical sectors like FC Bayern under Heynckes 2012/13) or to win the ball back high up the field.
Contact Davies or Collins to arrange for training session observation opportunities:
Those two times and days would be the most beneficial to visit and appointments can generally be made to talk with Davies on a one-to-one basis (subject to availability). Competitive fixtures are often on a Wednesday.
Please ensure you pre-arrange any visit to ensure that you get the most out of your visit.