Issue 125 – Chris Hughton

Welcome to the December 2020 issue of Elite Soccer. As football tries to find a way to work through the difficult times, we hope that you are able to keep up with your coaching development. To help, we are pleased to bring you five more training sessions written especially for Elite Soccer by some of the game’s top football coaches.

We’re delighted to welcome back an old friend of the magazine. Chris Hughton was recently appointed as the manager of Nottingham Forest and in this issue he has shared an excellent session that will encourage players to make wide attacking runs that lead to crosses.

Mick McCarthy is a manager who needs no introduction and in this issue he has contributed a session focused on finding a solution for the defensive problems caused by playing against a narrow attacking front four.

A highly experienced football manager in his own right, John Carver is currently working as part of the coaching set-up with Scotland’s national team. In this month’s issue of the magazine he has written a series of coaching activities that will help players turn defence into attack from the edge of their own box.

Kofi Hagan has contributed sessions to Elite Soccer on several occasions and this month he has written a training plan that works on a midfielder’s passing. This is a session that works with small units or with individual players.

As ever, we try to showcase the work of some of the brightest stars working in academy football and this month is no exception, as Simon Hodge shares a session that he runs with Charlton Athletic’s U15s. It is focused on maintaining positive possession and creating opportunities to attack.

I hope you find that this month’s sessions will open your eyes to new coaching idea. We will return next month with five brand new training activities.