The Beat The Press Podcast

A show looking at how footballers – and the people around them – deal with pressure, on and off the pitch. Join us as we talk to guests including Guardian journalist Jonathan Wilson, Wycombe assistant manager Richard Dobson, leading academic Dr Misia Gervis, Sunderland Til’ I Die producer Leo Pearlman and London City Lionesses coach Lisa Fallon, the first woman to manage an Irish men’s team.

Southampton's former Head of Sports Science and the man credited with introducing futsal to the UK, Simon Clifford, stops by for a fascinating discussion about the psychological characteristics of the 'perfect footballer'. Simon talks to us about the players he's worked with, including Juninho, Gareth Bale and Micah Richards, who display some of the mental attributes you might expect to find in the 'player of tomorrow'. He also explains what it was like to manage Socrates, during his spell at Garforth Town, and tells us about his latest venture, Integer Football.    Running order: Part 1: Introduction – Socrates' spell at Garforth Town (00:14)  Part 2: Interview – a discussion with Simon Clifford (04:06)Part 3: Final thoughts – reflections on our interview with Simon Clifford (48:30)  Get in touch:Website:
  1. #12 Simon Clifford
  2. #11 Nick Littlehales ('The Sport Sleep Coach')
  3. #10 Professor Marc Jones
  4. #9 Lisa Fallon
  5. #8 Peter Varney
  6. #7 Richard Dobson
  7. #6 Mike Calvin
  8. #5 Leo Pearlman (Sunderland 'Til I Die exec producer) – Part 2 of 2
  9. #4 Leo Pearlman (Sunderland 'Til I Die executive producer) – Part 1 of 2
  10. #3 Dr Misia Gervis

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