Tony Strudwick

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Tony Strudwick is an English football coach who is employed by Manchester United as the club's head of athletic development.[1] Strudwick has a PhD in sports science, which he earned from Liverpool John Moores University.[2]

Strudwick began his football career as a player with Colchester United,[3] but did not make a first team appearance for the club. He gave up playing soon after and moved into coaching. He had previously worked with Coventry City, West Ham United and The Football Association before becoming one of Mark Hughes' first appointments when he took over as manager of Blackburn Rovers in 2004. Strudwick was at Blackburn for three seasons, before Manchester United approached him as a replacement for their outgoing fitness coach, Valter Di Salvo, in the summer of 2007.[4]

In April 2008, Strudwick was involved in an altercation between some of Manchester United's players, including Patrice Evra and Gary Neville, and the ground staff at Chelsea. During a warm-down led by Strudwick, it was claimed by Chelsea's head groundsman, Jason Griffin, that Strudwick had become abusive and foul-mouthed when asked not to warm down in the penalty area. Strudwick counter-claimed that Griffin had been less than polite in asking the players not to warm down in the penalty area, alleging that Griffin was "instantly aggressive" and that he had threatened him with a pitchfork.[5]

Strudwick reportedly damaged the wall of Manchester United's team dressing room at Wembley Stadium in April 2011, following their 1-0 FA Cup semi-final loss to Manchester City, after kicking out in anger when the players came in from the defeat. The club was fined for the repairs.[6]

In 2014, Strudwick joined the backroom staff of the England national football team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[7] Following the arrival of new manager Louis van Gaal at United, it was reported that Strudwick and United masseur Rod Thornley were pulled back from their England duties to focus solely on their work at United.[8]

In September 2014, the club confirmed Jos van Dijk succeeded Strudwick as Manchester United's first-team fitness coach. Strudwick was appointed as the club's "head of athletic development", and now oversees youth fitness.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Statement: Club confirm new responsibilities for Strudwick". Manchester United FC. 29 September 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Mathieson, Stuart (11 September 2007). "United's fighting force!". Manchester Evening News (M.E.N. Media). Archived from the original on 2010-12-20. Retrieved 21 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Tony Strudwick - Fuelling Performance". Lucozade Sport. GlaxoSmithKline. Retrieved 21 December 2008. [dead link]
  4. ^ Taylor, Daniel (7 August 2007). "United broke their promise to me, Heinze tells Ferguson". The Guardian (Guardian News and Media). Archived from the original on 2010-12-20. Retrieved 21 December 2008. 
  5. ^ Wallace, Sam (18 December 2008). "Revealed: why Evra was blamed for pitch battle". independent.co.uk (Independent News and Media). Archived from the original on 2010-12-20. Retrieved 21 December 2008. 
  6. ^ Wheeler, Chris (19 April 2011). "Man United put the boot in! Coach kicks hole in wall of Wembley dressing room". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Burt, Jason (22 May 2014). "World Cup 2014: Roy Hodgson takes largest ever backroom staff to Brazil as England take no chances". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Fifield, Dominic (29 September 2014). "Louis van Gaal pulls rank on England over Manchester United fitness staff". The Guardian Newspaper (Sports). Retrieved 3 October 2014.