Issue 122 – Neil Lennon

Welcome to the September 2020 issue of Elite Soccer, the magazine that brings you training ground knowledge from some of the best professisonal football coaches in the business.

To kick off this month’s issue, we have Celtic manager, Neil Lennon, who has worked with the club’s assistant manager, John Kennedy, and with first-team coach, Gavin Strachan, to contribute a training session that focuses on attacking play with overloads. You will find it’s a session that encourages players to get the ball into areas where they can create shooting opportunities and score goals.

Next up we have Brentford manager Thomas Frank, a highly regarded coach who recently took his team to the EFL Championship play-off final and narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League. He has focused his session this month on the principles behind offensive transitions, specifically the 3v2 offensive transition.

On a much more defensive theme we have a series of training activities designed by Jack Ross, manager of Scottish Premiership side Hibernian. His session gives players the opportunity to rehearse different kinds of defending and shows them how to defend in 1v1s, in pairs against a 3v2 overload, and as a unit against a 6v4 overload.

We’re also delighted to have an attacking training session developed to improve crossing and finishing, written especially for us by the extremely experienced Steve Cotterill, who was most recently the manager of Birmingham City.

Last but by no means least, we have a series of training activities written by Gemma Donnelly, who is the successful manager of Blackburn Rovers Ladies in the FA Woman’s Championship. She has focused her training session on encouraging attacking creativity when driving forwards. It’s a session that ensures teams attack with support in numbers and it never fails to engage players as it always concludes with a shot on target.

I hope you find that this month’s sessions will help inspire your coaching. We will return next month with five brand new training plans.