A third Irishman ‘’Pat Devlin‘’ was our final big name guest of IPSO at Wrocław on the 14th & 15th of November. The former coach of the Republic of Ireland ‘B’ national team, and now manager of UCD Dublin is a valued coach and scout in the British Isles.

Devlin is one of the most important well known people in Irish football. Mostly known for working at Bray Wanderers, with whom he won the domestic cup twice and also led them into Europe. He is a good friend of Kenny Dalglish, with whom he worked under when the famous Scot worked as manager of Liverpool FC. Pat Devlin also worked as the Irish scout for clubs such as Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.

Mr Devlin also led the Republic of Ireland ‘B’ national team and searched for new talent for the future of the national team, when it was managed by Steve Staunton, who was also our guest in mid-November during the IPSO course at Wroclaw Stadium.

Pat Devlin is one of the most important people in Irish football. Most fame brought him working for Bray Wanderers, with whom he won the domestic cup twice.

‘This course is a great thing, the essence of football knowledge, an excellent investment in the future for people who want to try their hand at football. And not just as scouts, but also as coaches or analysts,’ Devlin said. ‘For me, a man stuck in football in different roles for many years, this is another opportunity to continue learning and develop personally. You can never have too much knowledge,’ Devlin added.

Similar thoughts were shared by Poles participating in the course. Still active and former players were among them. Using the break in the league matches two players for Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała: Marek Sokołowski and Bartłomiej Konieczny came to Wroclaw as well as former player for the Poland national team, Marcin Kus, who ended his career in June.

‘I learned how to do a competitor analysis in a professional manner, but not only. With this course, man will learn a lot,’ Sokołowski said.

‘The vastness of knowledge, we were given during these several hours of lectures proved to me that things I as a professional footballer is not everything. I’m going to delve further into the topic of professional scouting and IPSO course broadened my horizons,’ Konieczny said.

‘Words coming from people associated directly with football, like Steve Staunton and players from the Polish Ekstraklasa are the best recommendation of our work. However, we do not intend to stop there. IPSO will continue to develop and increasingly enter the football market,’ Kamil Potrykus summed up the Wrocław edition of the course.