In my first year as the Head Coach of a Premier League team, I have come across a lot of challenges and obstacles. This has at times left me completely drained, both physically and mentally. It is important, however, to keep things in perspective and realise that this is all just part of the process… Nobody ever said that it was going to be easy…. in fact, nothing worth having has ever been achieved easily…
In any walk of life, it is the responsibility of the leader to step up and provide a vision for the team to follow. The team, in this case, have been absolutely great this year sticking together and trusting the coaching staff to do their job, which is tough, especially when things aren’t going the way you want. It is the positivity and togetherness that the team brings that allows us to continue working together and know that we will get better.
With that in mind, here are ten things that I feel would help a coach make an easier transition from a losing season into a winning season, in no particular order. This always starts with the coach and the standards that he sets for the team.
- Honesty at all times
- Meticulous attention to detail
- Mental Toughness
- Unselfishness at all times
- Playing Present
- Ability to adapt
- Fight, especially through fatigue
I can honestly say that, as a first year coach in a big league, I have failed to nail down a couple of them. In fact, I have only been able to hit three of the above ten. If we are to continue getting better and keep improving, it is going to be my job to continue developing and make it a point of emphasis to practice all ten, for only then can the team follow.
Over the next couple of posts, I will expand on my thoughts on each one of those thoughts.