Rob Gale

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Rob Gale
Personal information
Full name Robert Peter Tabo Gale
Date of birth (1977-08-03) 3 August 1977 (age 43)
Place of birth Zambia
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Valour FC (head coach)
Youth career
1991–1994 Fulham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001 Winnipeg Alliance
2002–2008 Winnipeg Lucania
2009–2012 Sons of Italy
Teams managed
2010–2013 Canada U17 (assistant)
2011–2013 Canada U16
2012–2015 Canada U18
2014–2018 Canada U20
2018– Valour FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Robert Peter Tabo Gale (born 3 August 1977) is an English-Canadian former professional footballer and current head coach of Valour FC in the Canadian Premier League.

As a player, Gale began his career in England with Fulham before taking a break to focus on his coaching qualifications. He later appeared for Canadian clubs Winnipeg Alliance, Winnipeg Lucania and Sons of Italy. Gale has also coached the Canadian national team from Under-16 to Under-20, and became the first head coach and general manager of Valour FC in June 2018.

Playing career[edit]

Gale was signed by Football League Third Division club Fulham as an associate schoolboy aged 14.[1] After moving to Bedfordshire to study at university, he trained with Football League Second Division side Wycombe Wanderers for a year.[2]

After injury ruled Gale out for a full season and he graduated from university, he turned his attention to coaching and earned qualifications in England and the USA.[2] In 2001, upon moving to Canada, Gale resumed his playing career and was named captained of indoor professional club the Winnipeg Alliance. He later played for Winnipeg Lucania and the Sons of Italy before retiring in 2012.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Initially working as a director for summer camps across the United States and the Ian Rush Finishing Schools, Gale became the director of soccer at Spencer High School in Iowa in 2001. After two years, he became director for a North American academy run by Fulham, and later became the Canadian national director for Charlton Athletic's sports academy.

Canada Soccer[edit]

In 2006, Gale was named technical director for the Manitoba Soccer Association.[3] In 2010, he became assistant coach for the Canada U17 men's national team and saw the team qualify for successive FIFA Under-17 World Cup tournaments.[4] In 2011, he came up against brother-in-law John Peacock, who was managing the England U17 national team.[3] Later that year, he was named head coach for the Canada U16 men's national team, and in 2012 and became head coach of the Canada U18 men's national team.[4]

In March 2014, Gale took over as the head coach of the Canada U20 men's national team.[5]

Valour FC[edit]

On 26 June 2018, Gale was announced as the first head coach and general manager of Canadian Premier League club Valour FC.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Gale was born in Zambia to English parents while his father was working as a football coach. He also spent part of his childhood growing up in Tanzania before moving to England aged five.[2] Living in Horley, Surrey, he attended Oakwood School and Reigate College before studying media production and broadcast journalism at the University of Luton.[7]

In 2000, Gale visited Winnipeg, Manitoba for work and met his future wife Erin. After moving to Winnipeg permanently a year later, Gale and his partner married in 2003 and now have two daughters.[8] Five members of his family have UEFA coaching licences, including brother-in-law John Peacock.[2]

He is a lifelong Arsenal supporter.[2]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 26 June 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L GF GA GD Win %
Valour FC 26 June 2018 Present 10 3 1 6 8 15 -7 30%
Total 10 3 1 6 8 15 -7 30%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tait, Ed (26 June 2018). "Rob Gale named inaugural Head Coach & GM". Valour Football Club. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e Tait, Ed (26 June 2018). "Meet the Coach: Rob Gale". valourfc.canpl.ca. Valour Football Club. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b "In Focus: Robert Gale". www.canadasoccer.com. Canada Soccer. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Rob Gale". canadasoccer.com. Canada Soccer. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Rob Gale appointed Canada's Men's U-20 Team Head Coach". Canada Soccer. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  6. ^ Davidson, Neil (26 June 2018). "Rob Gale named first coach and GM of Valour FC, Winnipeg's new CPL entry". Times Colonist. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  7. ^ Davidson, Neil (26 June 2018). "Rob Gale named first coach, general manager of Valour FC". The Globe And Mail. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Winnipeg's new soccer club names Rob Gale as head coach and GM". CBC News. 26 June 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2018.