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What makes the difference between a good and a successful coach

It is generally accepted that the relevant skills needed for the job of a football coach are professional coaching knowledge, knowledge of technique, tactics, and fitness training. Shortly, professional and technical knowledge and skills that can be learned and practiced through education, and with the help of literature and experience. But what about those “intangible” at first glance hidden, but strongly influential elements of the coach’s personality? How important is the way in which each of the coaches thinks in different situations, feels and behaves in a specific manner for success …

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One who has knowledge knows no fear

Unlike a football game that is very conservative in terms of change, off-field shifts happen at high speed. This is best seen in demanding job of a football coach. In addition to standing behind the players, the coach is increasingly becoming a crucial figure in the club’s business success, regardless of whether it is about school, amateur or professional club. For quite some time now, the role of the coach has not been exclusively related to the team, but is constantly being supplemented and expanded. It no longer includes only technical-tactical …

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The personality of the coach makes a difference

We all know that professional knowledge, teamwork, motivation and persuasive power are essential for a coach’s success. These are all skills that can be learned and practiced through literature, or acquired through experience. But what about those “intangible”, at first glance hidden, but strongly expressed elements of the coach’s personality? How important is the way in which a coach thinks in different situations, feels and behaves in a specific way for success? Conscientiousness, perseverance, positive attitude and honesty are some of the elements of personality that make difference between a good …

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‘Til I Die – I’ll never stop learning

Just like you I suppose, I am helplessly reading the posts on the net hoping to, as soon as possible,  get rid of this incredibly resistant coronavirus that spreads with deadly efficiency and  has kept us away from football matches for a quite a while. While waiting for better times to come, I enjoy watching the Neflix series: “Sunderland ‘Til I Die”. This excellent, emotionally charged series, in addition to reminding me of my former work at the club, also confirmed my old thesis that a football club is not something …

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Stephen Kenny is the new manager of The Boys in Green

Stephen Kenny is the new manager of the Senior Men’s team of the Republic of Ireland football team. He succeeded Mick McCarthy in that prestigious position, widely known as the former manager of Sunderland, Wolverhampton and Ipswich Town. Kenny is an anonymous for the European football public, but a very popular and respected football expert in his Ireland. To succeed, Kenny has had to go through mud and blood to the green fields beyond in his coaching career (Derry City, Shamrock Rovers, Dundalk, Ireland U 21). Finally, his hometown of Dublin …

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