The film student who took up video analysis and ended up coaching Norway

Martin Foyston’s course in film studies helped him secure a job at Fulham, where he met Roy Hodgson and was inspired to take a risk and become a coach

By Tom Harvey for The Set Pieces, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Martin Foyston walked away from a secure job in the analysis department at Fulham to embark on his dream of becoming a football coach. Four years on and the 35-year-old from Hull is assistant coach at Stromsgodset in Norway via stints with Swedish club Djurgardens and Norway’s national team.

“When you’re doing analysis, you’re so close with the first-team coaches and management,” explains Foyston. “You’re trying to paint their picture and if you do it for long enough you learn something. It’s a tough job and you work long hours but when Roy Hodgson became manager at Fulham in late 2007 I started to get interested in the coaching side of things. He just made everything a lot clearer. For two and a half years, the best coach in England, as far as I’m concerned, was able to make football simple in the most effective way. Everything he said over that period just made sense.

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