I have known Rod since we first started working together in August 2001 with the England Senior Men’s Football Team. I have been the Head Physiotherapist for the team since August 1996. Rod has now worked in over 150 matches with me and been a valuable member of the Medical Team. From the moment he started working with us he has shown he is loyal and conscientious and has added value to the support the Medical Team has given the playing staff. His soft tissue therapy skills were excellent but he was always willing to learn and actually attended several CPD events organised for the England Medical Team. This included ‘Kinnective’ tissue courses, pilates courses and functional movement courses.
He has always been punctual and professional and it would be difficult to match his experience at this elite level. He contributed to medical meetings and was liked by all players, staff and management. His enthusiasm was infectious which was vital when being on the road for such long periods.
His organisational skills were excellent and he was the only person who could successfully organise events involving the players.
I did try to recruit him to come and work at my previous club, but his loyalty to Manchester United prevented him from doing so.
In conclusion I would say Rod is a highly experienced and highly skilled soft tissue therapist who will be greatly missed by the England Medical Team. I would go as far as to say that it will be difficult to replace him with someone of similar abilities.
I would have no hesitation in acting as a referee for Rod in the future.
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