Director of Football Operations at Chelsea Football Club
Mike Forde is Director of Football Operations at Chelsea Football Club, a position he has held since 2007.
Mike is responsible for all areas of performance and team operations relating to the first team, including player recruitment; medical; sport science; psychology and performance analysis. Mike is widely recognised as a leading figure in the English Premier League and European Soccer. He is particularly known for innovative methods to create a sustained business model for elite player performance, in the most widely watched and competitive football league in the world.
Between 1999 and 2007, Mike was Performance Director for Bolton Wanderers Football Club, also in the English Premier League.
Mike has a degree in Sport Science from Liverpool John Moores University and a Masters in Psychology and Sport from San Diego State University.
In May 2012 Chelsea achieved their long-held goal of winning the UEFA Champions League. They won the match in a dramatic penalty shoot-out, beating the favourites Bayern Munich in their home stadium.
Mike commented, "It was a fantastic achievement by the players after so many years of hard work and disappointment. Their commitment to the highest level of performance; preparation, attention to detail and above all a burning desire to achieve a life defining goal was the difference that made the difference. The final was only 120 minutes but represented nearly a decade of hard work and focus to achieve a specific goal. This is a great story for anyone who wants to achieve the highest level of performance."
Mike draws on his experience in Performance, Operations, Sports Science and Psychology to give inspirational speeches and workshops.