This is an episode that Rob recorded in 2020 when we were still in lockdown in the UK. Rob wanted to talk about delays and opportunities and how they resonate and link to similar struggles we are all facing in this pandemic.



Like many players, Bill Shankly had a hiatus of a few years when his career, like many others, was cut short due to world war 2. It was taken out of their hands. There is resonance and analogy between this and the current pandemic.

No matter what obstacles and delays the pandemic has caused you try and remind yourself this has happened before. It doesn’t make the pain easier but it may give you some reassurance and hope for the future.

We have to learn to live and deal with this pandemic, the universe will do what it wants to do.

With great ‘prizes’ also comes responsibility. Society easily sees the prize but often not the responsibility that comes with reaching a position of power.

If we have predetermined who we will be and how we will get there then there are no choices for us to make in life.

The magic is in the journey and not the destination because the lesson we need is right here, right now.


 “At this current moment in time your life will have been affected by this pandemic…although the circumstances and causes are different this has happened before”

“Adversity is a challenge but adversity is also an opportunity”

“Real friendships do not demand all the time”


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Rob Ryles is a UEFA A licensed coach with a League Managers Association qualification and a science and medicine background. He has worked in the football industry in Europe, USA, and Africa; at International, Premiership, League, Non-League and grassroots levels with both World Cup and European Championship experience.


Rob Ryles prides himself on having a forward thinking and progressive approach to the game built through his own experience as well as lessons learned from a number of highly successful managers and coaches.


The Leader Manager Coach Podcast is where we take a deep dive examining knowledge, philosophies, wisdom and insight to help you lead, manage and coach in football, sport and life.



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