At Fulham FC, Roberto was invited to address the youth team and the first-team scouting staff with his assistant Ray Lewington during Roy Hodgson's managerial tenure. The connection with Lewington dates back to 1998 when Roberto first met him while Lewington was in charge at Crystal Palace.
Vic Bettinelli, the youth team coach who had previously collaborated with Roberto at Crystal Palace, extended an invitation for Roberto to share his insights with the youth team at Fulham. Roberto provided valuable perspectives into the intricacies of high-performing football teams, offering the young players a psychological outlook on the distinguishing factors contributing to success.
Invited by Head of Scouting, Barry Simmonds, Roberto engaged with the scouting staff, bringing a unique perspective by delving into the world of illusion. He demonstrated that appearances can be deceiving and encouraged scouts to exercise mindfulness when assessing teams and players. Roberto's message emphasized the importance of avoiding preconceived notions and not succumbing to media hype. In doing so, he aimed to instil a sense of discernment within the scouting team, urging them to approach assessments with an open mind and a critical eye.
As fate would have it, the partnership between Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington yielded positive results, with both individuals contributing their expertise to Crystal Palace in 2024. This collaboration showcased the enduring impact of their efforts in football psychology