The Scottish town of Largs has been the setting for the coaching careers of some of the world’s best managers.
Jose Mourinho and Fabio Capello are among the names who have spent time at the tranquil Ayrshire resort.
Largs, on the west coast of Scotland, is home to Inverclyde National Sports Centre.
For decades, Scotland’s famous FA site has been offering courses to budding managers looking to earn their coaching badges.
Meanwhile, Inverclyde and Largs became a rite of passage for some of Europe’s top managers.
Alumni success peaked at the start of the 2011/12 season, with nine out of 20 Premier League managers teaching or taking lessons at Inverclyde.
Among them were Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Andre Villas-Boas and Brendan Rodgers.
Mourinho, meanwhile, studied in the town for his UEFA badge in 2000, and Capello’s compatriot Giovanni Trapattoni spent time here in the 1980s.
Italy’s World Cup-winning coach Marcelo Lippi has also attended.
Former SFA technical director Craig Brown previously said the Inverclyde students’ success was due to having some of the game’s most respected managers provide coaching lessons.
He told the BBC in 2019: “The staff were some of the best managers we’ve had in Scotland – people like Sir Alex Ferguson and Jim McLean, who took Dundee United to the European Cup semi-final and the UEFA Cup final. ” he said.
“Andy Roxburgh is very resourceful and on top of that he brings in some of the best talent in Europe for demonstrations and coaching.
“He must be given much credit for making this course internationally famous.
“We had Arrigo Sacchi, whose AC Milan was the best club team in Europe, come to us.
“We had Richard Moller-Nielsen, who led Denmark to the European Championship in 1992, Franco Ferrari, one of Italy’s best tactical coaches, and Berti Vogts, the German manager.
“These amazing coaching leaders come to the course as guest lecturers and it would be a bit of a pain to have them leave the course because they were having so much fun.”
Inverclyde was also considered to be ahead of its time due to its focus on people management skills during the course.
The site was originally built in the 19th century, but was converted into a hotel in 1920 and then acquired by the Scottish Physical Recreation Council in the 1950s.
It was only then that it began to be reborn as a hub for up-and-coming coaches and managers.
After undergoing redevelopment work, it is currently used as a stadium for various sports other than soccer.
In 2017, we spent £17 million modernizing Inverclyde to improve access for para-athletes.
Former Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo is one of the latest attendees, although the conveyor belt of leaders seems to have slowed down in recent years.
The Portuguese coach studied at Largus in 2012 and has since coached not only in his home country but also in Spain, England and Saudi Arabia.