Change is rarely easy. In fact, change is often hard and creates discomfort. Yet without change progress is rarely possible and that is something coaches need to be particularly aware of. In fact some clubs' decline - like that at Liverpool - is down to their inability to accept change.
I love pieces like this one that lift the curtain
and allow us a look behind the scenes at a club like Newcastle that has
suffered its fair share of humiliations in recent years but which now, with
Rafa Benitez, have a coach that matches their fans' ambitions.
There are a lot of problem with the FA and the coaching structures within
English football (as the declining standards of national team coach
highlights). Yet praise where praise is due, I really enjoy the coaching
articles that they put out. This one dealing with planning for the
complexities of the game is a case in point.
And, to wrap it all up, something about psychology in sport which, rather
than focus on the theoretical puts in a significant dose of it in action.
"A lot of football success is in the mind. You must believe you are
the best and then make sure that you are." Bill Shankly
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