Staff Profiles

Gordon Strachan,  Director

Gordon currently Scotland national team manager appointed January 2013. Gordon enjoyed an illustrious playing career with Dundee, Aberdeen, Manchester United, Leeds United and Coventry City. In that time he won some of the most glittering prizes in the game, including the English Division One title (now the Premiership), the FA Cup, Scottish Premier League and the European Cup Winners’ Cup. Gordon also represented Scotland 50 times – appearing in two World Cups. He has since managed Coventry City and Southampton in the Premier League and Celtic in the Champions League and also having a shorts spell at Middlesbrough. Gordon Strachan is now the manager of his national team Scotland, which he described as a dream job and an absolute honour to lead his country. Gordon is regular face at the training ground and takes a strong interest in the goings on within the Foundation.

George Mackie, Head Coach

George plied his trade for Dundee United, Partick Thistle and Odense of the Danish Premier League as a player, before moving into coaching with Coventry City, Dundee United, Livingston and Arbroath. George has attained the prestigious UEFA PRO License qualification – the highest honour in coaching. George has had some great achievements in his coaching career guiding Coventry City Youth team to two consecutive FA Youth Cup Finals against Arsenal and West Ham United.

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Dan Elliott, Education Manager and Marketing Director

Dan Elliott Director and Founder of the Strachan Football Foundation  UEFA “B” licence football coach and holder of the FA Youth Coaches Award. Dan is a qualified FA Tutor, NVQ Assessor and Qualified Internal Verifier. Dan  has over 15 years of  grass roots and elite/academy coaching experience.  Dan is responsible for all curriculum develop and identification of new qualifications and projects delivered by the Strachan Football Foundation.

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Chay Thompson, Coach and Assessor

Chay Thompson , An FA Level 2 coach, Chay passed his level 2 with high praise from the Birmingham FA at only 17 years old and is now working towards UEFA B licence, Chay is a very good young coach with excellent technical detail. Chay is a qualified NVQ Assessor having recently passed his A1 is a mentor to our apprentice coaches has played with a few semi professional clubs throughout his career when a youngster.

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