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Re: Football management and tactics

By SDG (SDG (Ks))9/11/2020 16:27Mon Nov 9 16:27:22 2020In response to Football management and tactics

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I think it was Graham Taylor who said the manager gets too much credit when things go well and too much blame when they go badly? There's probably some truth in that, but that said...

Players need some sort of strategy beyond just attacking when they have the ball and defending if they don't. The higher the level, where you have more time on the training ground and more resourcing to analyse yourself and your opposition, the more detailed that's going to be. At our level, there will at the very least be an approach whether it's to keep possession, hit the channels, 'pace and power', etc. At the top of the game planning is very detailed indeed. But players need direction to have all eleven aligned in what they're trying to do, you can't have ten trying to play like Barcelona if one is trying to play like Stoke. If you had a manager who was just a fan and gave no more direction than what you just said, then the captain and other influential players would step into that void and organise things as best as they can.

Similarly on the motivational point you'd expect any player to try but a good motivator should be able to push the right buttons collectively and individually to be able to get the best out of eleven human beings who will have various personalities, confidence levels, etc and will react in different ways to praise, constructive criticism, a bollocking, an arm round the shoulder, and so on. So all in all I don't think anyone can say the manager isn't important and that's why some have done well and had tremendous success and longevity, while many flop. And it's why whenever the vacancy has come up at Ks it's been great when we've got it right and it's set the club back when we've got it wrong.

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