• About Gary

    Former Manchester United and England Goalkeeper

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Gary Bailey has been a professional speaker for over 25 years, and was inducted into the speakers Hall of Fame (SA) in 2010. He co-wrote a book with Professor Rakesh Sondhi of Henley in Oxford in 2010, titled Succeed Under Pressure, and the forward was by his famous ex manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Gary has spoken for virtually every top company, in North and South America, Africa, Middle East, Europe and the Far East – companies include Microsoft, IBM, Nike, Coca Cola, AON, Mercedes Benz, SAB Miller and many many more.

His topic of “Success Under Pressure” is based on his own experiences of how to keep goal for the biggest sports franchise in the world, Manchester United; then to be a TV presenter for 25 years and always having to look good and say the right things: to nearly going bankrupt after being a dollar millionaire before he was 30, and many more stories of stress and pressure that he has dealt with using his 5 GREAT principles.

He now enjoys speaking with his wife, Michelle Mclean-Bailey, who as Miss Universe in 1992 has also lived an incredibly pressurized life and together they not only share their stories and how they use the GREAT principles, but also how to make the principles a habit that will lead to greater success.

Let the man who was goal keeper for the biggest sports franchise in the world teach you how to thrive under pressure.


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Gary Bailey is one of Southern Africa’s top speakers who uses his experience from playing football, as well as his working and business relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson, to deliver an exciting, fun and insightful presentation on leadership and the significant parallels that can be drawn between leadership and sport.

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Gary's timeline


Born in Ipswich, Suffolk,

Immigrated to South Africa in 1965 with parents Pauline and Roy Bailey. Roy was an English-born professional association footballer, who played as a goalkeeper for Crystal Palace and Ipswich Town.


Went to WITS University

Joined Wits University in Johannesburg to study Civil Engineering and play soccer for the University. His father Roy, then the coach for South Africa’s National Soccer team encouraged Gary, to go to Manchester for a trial with Manchester United. A year later in 1978 he was signed up and made his debut with Manchester United.


Won FA Cup Manchester United

Won his first FA Cup final vs Brighton in a replay after losing to Arsenal in the 1979 Cup final, and then went on to win again in 1985 vs Everton. He represented the England national team twice at senior level.


Kaizer Chiefs, SA

Gary developed a serious knee injury during training at the 1986 FIFA World Cup and missed most of the 1986–87 season, after which he retired and returned to South Africa. He resumed his career in 1988 and joined Kaizer Chiefs, the biggest soccer club in South Africa, spending 2 years playing for them, and winning 6 trophies in that time.


Presenter and Professional Speaker

After retiring from Kaizer Chiefs he became a professional speaker and radio presenter in Johannesburg on Talk Radio 702, and then began his television career at SABC, moving to Super Sport as a soccer presenter, where he presented and hosted for 25 years.


Hall of Fame

Inducted into Speakers Hall of Fame (SA) in recognition of 20 years as a professional speaker.  Gary was also an ambassador in South Africa’s successful bid to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup.


Married Michelle McLean

Married Michelle McLean-Bailey, Namibian born, former Miss Universe in 2013, then immigrated to the U.S.A  December of that year with their four children, Gary’s daughters Lara and Jenna, his son Ross and Michelle’s son, Luke. Gary joined Bein TV in Miami as a soccer presenter in 2014.



Gary and Michelle travel extensively presenting keynote talks and workshops as experts in the field, “of helping individuals and teams to learn to thrive under pressure and stress”.