Gavin Willacy - Football League Education Department and Author
Steve Sallis is unique. In 15 years of working with young footballers in professional football, I have never met or worked with anyone who believes in the athletes as much, who gives so much to them, who has thought about the process and what is best for the individuals themselves, and who has seen his club reap the rewards of that.
Steve transformed the culture of the academy at Millwall FC in the last four seasons and to such an extent that it is hard to believe they are recruiting from the same pool of talent as they were before he came to the club.
We now see 16-year-old athletes who are making the most of their raw ability, not just from a sporting perspective, but as academics and as people. By the time they are 18, most are extremely impressive young men who are fulfilling their potential. Part of that process was Steve’s doing.
As an academic and a sportsman, a coach and a teacher, a student and a fan, Steve comes at youth development and education from every angle and can see the whole picture like no other.