“Paul, a pleasure to meet you.” He offered his hand. “Now tell me, what the f*** is that cravat about?” Ah, the cravat. Tisdale is probably the only manager in Britain whose choice of neckwear is his defining characteristic. Forget the seven years at the lesser St James’ Park, the shoestring budget, his status as the longest serving manager in England after Arsene Wenger, his achievement in taking his club to their highest ever league position. His CV is remarkable. Many, though, know only his cravat.Tisdale’s inquisitor, on the other hand, was dressed in the uniform of the lower league manager: baggy tracksuit, glasses askew, hair that rather gives the impression a recently divorced badger is nesting on his head. Tisdale glanced at his outfit, smiled, and said: “right…”. His counterpart laughed at the silent, obvious critique, and invited him in.That is Tisdale’s relationship with English football’s establishment to a tee. He has been met with mockery, and derision, and suspicion. They have learnt to accept his presence, but he will never be one of them.The Times [Rory Smith. 7th October 2013]
COUNTER-ATTACK football is an art. It might seem regressive to allow the opponent to take the initiative, but the best managers have the ability to manipulate the fame, even influencing their opponent's possession and passing patterns.
A team devoid of direction are too two dimensional to make an impact at the top without more change.
In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, former Exeter manager Paul Tisdale reveals how Ollie Watkins' ‘psychological repositioning’ helped to take him to the next level as a player
A career article for the online football magazine ‘The Coaches voice’.
FC Business pages 40 - 46. football industry magazine.
A feature alongside other top flight managers in this piece about team talks.
An excerpt from my podcast with the EFL. The full podcast is in two 1 hour parts. A 9 min clip talking about how I improved the performance of Ollie Watkins with a psychological repositioning technique.