The Team

Mel Eves

Mel Eves, managing director of Eleven Sports Management, enjoyed a successful professional career at the highest level of English football.

He spent nine years at his home-town club, Wolverhampton Wanderers, from 1975-84 and played in the League Cup Final victory over Nottingham Forest at Wembley in 1980. He also won three caps for England B under the legendary England Manager Sir Bobby Robson.

However, he ruptured his Achilles tendon in 1984 and after spells with Manchester City, Sheffield United and Gillingham among others, retired from playing in 1989.

On retiring as a player, he became an independent financial adviser, dealing mainly with professional footballers, then became one of the first licensed football agents before setting up Eleven Sports Management.

As managing director of the company, he has devoted his time to looking after professional football players and making sure they receive the best advice possible in order to help them to maximize their potential.

Years of experience and expert knowledge is used to enable players to fulfil their potential, with many going on to enjoy a professional career.

That knowledge is also put to use in helping young players make their way in the game and to help performers in other sports achieve their maximum potential, through the use of cutting-edge programmes in training techniques, diet and nutritional advice and mental strengthening.

Roger Walters

Roger WaltersThe speed consultant at Eleven Sports Management is Roger Walters. Roger is a former Great Britain international sprinter and coached the Great Britain sprint squad at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

He has over 30 years experience, both as a competitor and coach involved at international level. More importantly, he has helped to coach the fundamentals of sprinting to professional footballers for over 25 years.

When we move, we use energy. If we move inefficiently, we need more energy to cover the same distance and this limited resource runs out sooner.  On the other hand, players who move efficiently with the correct mechanics will move faster with less effort.  Under Roger’s practiced eye, every client working with Eleven Sports is assessed and taken through a programme that corrects inefficient movement patterns and provides a personalised exercise programme.

The results are obvious; not only in faster acceleration and higher top speed, but also in fewer injuries and much more energy.  Our experience shows that the majority of sportsmen, especially football players, are not taught the mechanics of movement, so aren’t aware of the techniques of how to run and accelerate properly. They therefore aren’t as fast and mobile as they could be, so won’t achieve their full potential.

With Roger’s help, we believe they will do so.

John Williams

Player Liaison Manager

John Williams is a very popular and well respected former professional footballer. John has played at the top level of the game for Coventry City and also lists spells at Cardiff City and Swansea City amongst his former clubs. John has been a credit to his profession and a model professional for any young player to look up to.

His knowledge and experience are invaluable to any player who is seeking advice, whether they are young and inexperienced or a seasoned professional. John has also built up an extensive network of contacts throughout the game during his long and distinguished career.

Chris Marsh

Player Liaison Manager

Chris is a well-respected former professional footballer who is best known for his career at Walsall, where he made over 400 appearances and was involved in 4 promotions. A highly popular character, Chris also played for Wycombe and Northampton.

Since his playing retirement he has coached in Australia, where he has developed strong contacts and enhanced his reputation further.

Gary Duke-Cohan

In his 40′s, Gary Duke-Cohan is a Senior Partner of a leading London law firm offering a wide range of legal services.

Gary is very knowledgable and passionate about the game and has acted for numerous professional footballers, managers and clubs in a legal and representative capacity.

Having studied French Law in Paris he speaks fluent French and has wide ranging football contacts in both West and Eastern Europe.

Carl Hutchings

Player Liaison Manager

Carl played professional football for over 12 years. Having spent 8 fantastic seasons at Brentford he moved on to play for Bristol City, Southend United before finishing his career at Leyton Orient. Carl has gone on to coach at the Chelsea Academy whilst passing his UEFA coaching badges.

Carl is an entrepreneur and public speaker specialising in Wealth Creation, the Millionaire Mindset and Motivation. He speaks to over 1000 school children a month on following their dreams and achieving their goals.

Carl is passionate about football and one of his favourite sayings is “anything is possible – if YOU BELIEVE it to be”.

Ben Abbey

Player Liaison Manager

Ben is a former professional footballer who has an impressive lower league CV.

He started out at Crawley Town where he scored over 50 goals in two seasons earning the striker a move to League Division One with Oxford United.

Ben has since had successful spells at Southend United, Macclesfield Town and Woking. He has also coached at the Chelsea Academy having gained his Level 2 FA Coaching Badge.

Ben has a degree in Business and Administration, and has numerous years experience in the financial services sector.

He is more than qualified to offer guidance to any professional sportsman, and brings a wealth of knowledge and contacts to the ‘Eleven’ Team.

Gianluca Lauri

Italian Football Market Consultant

Gianluca graduated from the University of Birmingham in Business and Management and currently works for a leading foreign exchange company.

He enjoyed various spells with youth football clubs while growing up in the south of Italy. On his return to England he has showed greater dedication and passion for the players’ representation side of the game.

Gianluca speaks fluently English, Italian and Spanish and beginner Portuguese. He is an outstanding networker and has a wide range of contacts with clubs, agents and scouts in Western Europe and South America.

Geoff Hinsley

Performance Coach

Geoff has worked as a performance coach for more than 12 years. Working with him you will find new ways of thinking about things such as dealing with frustrations positively, turning situations around and improving your chances of success. You’ll become more confident in yourself which you’ll find reflected in your game and in life in general. If you’re already good, then be prepared to get even better.

David Thorburn

Chief Scout – North America

David has over thirty years experience in professional soccer as a player, coach, manager and chief scout. He is highly qualified and has worked extensively in Scotland and England with many clubs including Glasgow Rangers, Aberdeen and Leyton Orient as well as the Scottish and English FA.

David has also developed vast experience in the North American Soccer Leagues. He has been the overseas Manager for the past four years with Glasgow Rangers. He delivers coaching education clinics to many clubs and is also responsible for identifying talented players who have had trials with top British clubs including Rangers, Hibernian, Chelsea, Birmingham City and Southampton.

David’s knowledge of the game and his assessment of players is second to none. With the growth in enthusiasm and passion for the game in North America, David is a valuable member of the Eleven Sports Team.