Tom Brady ordered Alex Guerrero to audit Birmingham City training ground

Tom Brady is ‘very hands on’ at Birmingham City and had his long-time body coach Alex Guerrero audit the club’s facilities last season.

John Ruddy has revealed details from Guerrero’s extended visit to Blues' training ground and the club’s efforts to implement his recommendations to improve performance. Seven-time Super Bowl winner Brady credits Guerrero for helping him play elite sport into his forties.

While Brady has only visited the Second City twice to take in home games against Leeds United and Rotherham United, Ruddy says he is investing his time and energy to change the club’s fortunes. BirminghamLive revealed in December that Guerrero had visited the Elite Performance and Innovation Centre in Henley-in-Arden and Brady had stationed two of his coaches, Dr Peter Cummings and Rob Brennan, at the first team's base.

Speaking about Brady’s involvement on The Fozcast, Ruddy said: “He’s been over a couple of times. Being the age I am, I had a conversation with the owner Tom Wagner and said I wanted to keep playing as long as possible. He’s gone, ‘We’ll set you up a call with Tom’, and I was thinking yeah OK, I’ll believe it when I see it, and then all of a sudden I get a message from Tom Brady to set up a call.

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“I had a couple of Zoom calls with him and messages. He’s very involved, very hands on. I think his personality is, if he’s in it, he’s in it. We had his guru Alex Guerrero come over for a few weeks and he literally just went, ‘That needs to be better, that needs to be better, this is alright, that can change…’ and just basically audited the whole club while he was over from the training ground perspective.

"They are now going to implement everything that TB12 as a brand does. From a fitness aspect, from a recovery aspect, from a physiological aspect, they are going to do everything they can to not make players be like Tom Brady, but give them the best chance to be at their physical peak by game day. It’s phenomenal to think you are being fed information that has helped Tom Brady be the athlete he was.”