One man who you may not have heard of at Selhurst Park is Scott Guyett.
The ex-Bournemouth defender is tasked with keeping the Crystal Palace players in check fitness-wise, even taking some individuals on one-on-one training camps in an attempt to help them regain their best level.
That is what Guyett did with Scott Dann by his own admission, and he is clearly dedicated to his profession.
You may see the Head of Sport Science and Strength & Conditioning on the Selhurst Park turf on matchdays drilling the Eagles squad, and you may also see him in the club’s training videos in which he is taking the players on a lap of the field.
While he clearly cares about the fitness of his players by taking them away individually, Guyett is actually an unsung hero as he often has a huge job on his hands due to the thin nature of Roy Hodgson’s squad.
The ex-England manager had 11 players out injured around the festive period a few months ago, meaning that Guyett was presumably working overtime in a bid to help the 72-year-old get some options back at his disposal.
While there isn’t much else to add in regards to the Head of Sport Science and Strength & Conditioning’s job description, there is one interesting act of Guyett’s which has hugely benefited Palace, which came as a result of a relationship before he was even employed by the club.
In the latter stages of his playing career, the Ascot-born man spent time at Bournemouth, where a baby-faced Joel Ward was also playing while on loan from Portsmouth.
The pair were roommates for the season Ward spent on loan with the Cherries, and when Guyett eventually got a job at Crystal Palace after his retirement, he recommended the right-back to Dougie Freedman.
“Me and Joel were roommates for that first season for away games, it’s one of those strange situations. I can remember when we signed Joel. Dougie had spoken to me about Joel because I knew him quite well. I sort of said: ‘he’s a good player, a young player with a great attitude; a good athlete,’ and I can remember ringing him a few times and encouraging him. There were two players at Portsmouth at the time that the club were interested in and in the end we went for Joel Ward.”
Ward has since made 238 appearances for the south Londoners, playing a vital role in promotion to the Premier League in 2013 while also proving instrumental in keeping the club there.
He obviously earned that move himself with his talent and commitment, although the full-back has a lot to thank the Eagles’ Head of Sport Science and Strength & Conditioning for.
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