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Intelligent and thought provoking but there are books of more practical use out there
on 20 May 2015
This is a self-improvement book for (amateur) football coaches. It focuses on four “dimensions”: creativity, confidence, commitment, cohesion. It’s about 186 pages.
I read it all. There’s a lot of intelligence and effort gone into this book, the author seems to know his stuff, and I reckon some may find it useful, but I have to say I am a bit negative about it which puts me in a minority I have to admit!
Of the four dimensions, I found only the confidence one much use. In there, you learn to repeat key words that soak into your players psyche. Also there’s a section about focusing your players to think of “challenges” rather than “threats” which I like.
However, overall it reminds me of those self-help business books with wacko titles like “Blue Swan, Black Heart” – little use in the real world.
As a coach you need – time (as Ferguson and Mourinho will testify), the players’ support, a vision that always keeps you one step ahead of the players (and the results!!), and a good training regime. So this book will gather dust on the shelf, and I’ll continue using Modern Soccer Coach by Gary Cumeen, and my favourite, Soccer Conditioning by Simon Thadani, both of which offer practical help you can use every week.