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Paul Scholes Interview: Exclusive

paul scholes Paul Scholes Interview: Exclusive

During a recent visit to Florida, EPL Talk had the opportunity to sit down with Manchester United and England midfield legend Paul Scholes for an exclusive interview.

Among the topics covered include:

  • Whether he’d like to go into coaching after his playing career ends,
  • What makes the north west of England so much stronger than other parts of the country,
  • What it was like playing with legends such as Eric Cantona, David Beckham and others,
  • How Sir Alex Ferguson has affected his career,
  • His thoughts on other England managers he’s been coached by including Glenn Hoddle, Sven-Goran Eriksson, Kevin Keegan,
  • What it’s like playing at Old Trafford and what makes it a fortress,
  • His fondness for Oldham Athletic, and
  • Much more.

The episode also features an interview with Simon Davey, who was recently appointed the manager of Hereford Town. Davey is best known for his playing career at Preston North End, which included playing with David Beckham when Becks was on loan at the Preston club. Davey also coached alongside David Moyes at Preston North End. In addition to his career at Preston, Davey was well known for his footballing career at Swansea City as well as his management career at Barnsley (where he beat Liverpool and Chelsea in an incredible FA Cup run) and Darlington.

Thanks to Midwest Soccer Academy for the opportunity to interview Paul Scholes and Simon Davey. And thanks to Kartik Krishnaiyer for interviewing these two legends.

Founded in 2006, the EPL Talk Podcast is the only Premier League interview podcast on the Internet. During each episode, we bring you intelligent interviews with some of the biggest names in football such as Mikel John Obi, Steve McClaren, Toby Charles, Graham Poll, John Terry, Patrick Barclay, Gabriele Marcotti, Andrew Jennings and many others.

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4 Responses to Paul Scholes Interview: Exclusive

  1. PHRC says:

    I haven’t listened to the interview yet, but many thanks. To me, Paul Scholes, is the ultimate professional and my favourite player of the current era. They don’t make players like him any more……Anelka, Drogba, Evra, Terry etc could all take a lesson in humility and dignity from Scholes.

    Did you manage to get any tackling hints from him?

  2. Girish Bhaskaran says:

    I usually don’t understand what he’s saying, in most of his interviews. And there are not a lot of them.

    My favourite player of all time.

  3. jose says:

    paul is a bad ass, i would love to hear him talk about funny off the field stories involving keano.

  4. Devils Advocate says:

    Having listened to the podcast, I’m sure Kartik left the interview both elated but bemused equally. Paul is never the most forthcoming of subjects as the large scale abscence of interviews testifies. He is, as PHRC pointed out above, a man not only of great talent, but of humility and dignity.

    He is, without doubt, the consummate professional and reminds me of players from the Busby era. They did their talking on the field and were unassuming at all other times. What greater accolade can you have when no other than Zinedine Zidane regarded you as the most technically gifted player in Europe. I’ve no doubt Paul had a wry smile and then went back to work. Not for him the showbiz glitz that surrounds the likes of David Beckham and now Christiano Ronaldo.

    It is sad to see such a great player enter the twilight of his career. Along with Ryan Giggs, he has been a great servant to club, country and the game and will be sorely missed at Old Trafford. I have so many memories of great goals scored, of anticipation and creativity and yes, even the trademark late tackles. He is for sure a blueprint of the perfect footballer in my eyes.

    I hope he has proved an inspiration to those attending his soccer academy in Florida. Knowing that he leads from the front, I have no doubt he can only enhance the profile of soccer there and believe any switched on club owners may even be considering offering him a player’s contract. Seeing him on TV is one thing, witnessing him on the ball is another.

    Finally, my best wishes to the USMNT and England as they proceed in the WC. Hopefully, we will all still be smiling on Monday.

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