Ricky Sbragia

Ricky Sbragia was confirmed as Scotland Under 21 Head Coach on the 12th August 2015, following 4 years working with the national team's Under 17 and Under 19 squads.

Prior to working for the Scottish Football Association, he was most previously the Chief Scout of Sunderland. Sbragia has also managed in the Barclays Premier League with the Black Cats after being promoted in the wake of Roy Keane's departure from the Stadium of Light.

The Scottish coach, who initially joined Keane's backroom team was confirmed as his successor following a run of improved results after taking caretaker charge. On 24 May 2009, Sbragia resigned from the Sunderland managerial post after leading the club to survival in the Barclays Premier League. He then remained as the clubs's chief scout until April 2011.

Sbragia, born of Italian descent, is a protege of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. After retiring as a player, he became York City's youth coach and, in 1993, inspired the club's first-ever appearance in the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup.

Sbragia then took a similar job at Sunderland before stepping up to take charge of the second team. In 2002, he moved to Manchester United as reserve coach where he guided the development of players like Darren Fletcher and Kieran Richardson.

Three years later, Ricky was appointed first team coach at Bolton under Sam Allardyce before switching to Sunderland to assist Keane.

Sbragia began his playing career as an apprentice at Birmingham in 1972. He was a member of promotion sides at Walsall and York where he also figured in one of the club's most memorable moments, scoring the equaliser in an FA Cup fifth round tie against Liverpool in 1985. Ricky became a qualified coach after hanging up his boots at Darlington.

Sessions by Ricky Sbragia

Link-up combination play

in Skills and Techniques

Movement, support and running off the ball is essential in the modern game, and fine-tuning these abilities in players can really enhance attacking options throughout the team. Therefore, this unopposed drill is designed to examine receiving, touch, lay-off, link-up play and third-man running, so that players can work together in tight areas to maximum effect.... MORE


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