The importance of a coach

By Levi Sparks

Coaches are important for all types of sport, especially football. The role of a coach in football is so positive and influential that it should be used in the right way.

We see in football that teams have a manager and then have backroom staff such as, assistant manager, coach, goalkeeper coach and so forth. These are the guys that perhaps don’t get the media spotlight that they deserve, in this piece of writing I am going to be talking about how coaches and backroom staff do not get the recognition that they deserve and how they are under-appreciated in football. 

All great and successful managers in football will need to have an effective and hardworking backroom staff. Training sessions that teams have in preparation for games will often be led by assistant managers or coaches whilst the manager will analyse the session and see who is appropriate for their selection on the weekend. Coaches spend extensive time and hard work into making sure that their sessions are tailored in order to improve the team and work on things they feel necessary. 

We see teams come back from two or three goals to win the game and the manager and his squad will be praised massively for their win, there will often be post-match interviews and articles written for the front page about them where they get lots of media attention. However, backroom staff are not giving this recognition and praise, team selection, tactics/ substitutions in a game will be initiated by a manager but the decision making and thought process that goes into this is a joint effort between all the parties. We never see assistant managers or coaches being given recognition in major media outlets such as newspapers or sporting shows. 

I spoke to Eastbourne Seconds men head coach about his role and the impact he tries to portray upon his team.

“ Being a good coach is vital as the main aim as a team is to always get better, this all starts from the training ground, in comparison to a manager or first-team coach they make the important decisions but a lot of the work in games comes from training which all staff are usually involved” 

Furthermore, a key example of where an assistant manager/ manager partnership can be so crucial to a team is with Chelsea’s very own Jody Morris and Frank Lampard. Both academy graduates and played for Chelsea’s first team together, the pair were seen to have a masterclass season at derby where they utilised youngers such as Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount.

One year on and the pair are both at Chelsea and flourishing in their respected roles, they’re off the pitch chemistry is being matched on the pitch with the control of their players. Jody Morris oversaw Chelsea’s youth set up and is heavily responsible for them having arguably one of the best academies in England where they have produced some top talent. 

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