How much can a coach influence a team?
Coaches always talk about how they want new players to improve the squad. While we think this is possible, it’s often not the optimal way for a club, especially not financially.
How big is the influence of a coach on a player or a team? We often hear players in interviews talking about the same coaches, they mention that they became better players with this coach. But how come these examples are so rare, you don’t hear this kind of comments coming from players that often? So there must be some sort of influence a coach can have on players and a team.
Let’s first start with the influence a coach can have on training. Is he actively coaching during the training? Is he using the pause moments on training to talk with players about tactics? How much is the coach making out of these moments?
One thing that we often hear from our players is that the coaching lacks structure, everything is situational. Something happens during training and the coach says something about this instead of structurally focusing on one tactical element.
This is part of how coaches can influence training, but how is it with matches? How much influence can a coach have on a match? We often see a lot of focus on the opponent, instead of the coach’s team. At Tactalyse we strongly believe in preparing players for having an answer to every possible action of the opponent. We think that coaches should do the same with their teams. We also think that by giving players these tools it will be easier for coaches to change matches with one tactical adjustment. There are only very few matches where everything goes so perfectly that you don’t have to change anything, though rarely do we see changes being made in struggling teams.
So are you a coach and you want to have a bigger influence on your team?
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