Emotional Intelligence and Your Coaching Philosophy

“It’s our job as human beings to develop, to learn, to get better, and to grow.” – Jesse Marsch As Red Bull Salzburg manager, Jesse Marsch has developed a coaching philosophy designed to get the best out of everyone he works with. He says, “As a coach, you have to have a plan. You have […]

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Between devil or angel

Unconscious Bias

“The Unconscious is selective , when it learns what to listen for” Author  Philip K Dick As the name suggests, you’re not necessarily aware of an unconscious bias, but it’s something that’s there all the same. It’s part of daily life, and it’s there whenever you make quick judgements about other people without giving them […]

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Old Brain, New Thinking

“He who takes no chances wins nothing.” – Danish Proverb There’s a primitive part of your brain that’s often referred to as the lizard brain, or reptilian brain, and its only concern is survival. It’s the ancient part that has allowed us, as humans, to act on instinct and avoid danger, thereby survive and evolve […]

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Football, Friendship and Mental Health

“It’s not just about football, it’s about friendships.” – Alastair Campbell Alastair Campbell is well-known as a political strategist, writer and broadcaster, but he’s also a big football fan. As a lifelong supporter of Burnley and Scotland, he is aware that football brings something into his life that has had an important role to play […]

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Developing in a Positive Training Environment

“You don’t learn in an easy environment.” – Kev McNaughton Kev McNaughton believes that environment is key in terms of getting the best out of young players, so what is a positive training environment? Getting Out of the Comfort Zone As a youth player, Kev remembers the tough but enjoyable training days he experienced at […]

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Coaching the Coaches

“Progress to success is not linear: prepare for the long and winding road.” – Greig Paterson Greig Paterson is Head of Coach Education and Development at the SFA. His coaching journey began in the role of development officer at Glasgow where he was given the opportunity to take responsibility for the coach education programme. From […]

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“The Right to Dream”

“I’m very fortunate to have a job that was my hobby.” – Frazer Robertson Frazer Robertson is now the Technical Director at the “Right to Dream” football academy in Ghana, a long way from his early days of assisting the PE teacher after school in Scotland. He believes that the opportunity to coach young players […]

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Jürgen Klopp: Winning Philosophy or Way of Life?

“My biggest skill is common sense. I understand life.” – Jürgen Klopp Jürgen Klopp’s success as a manager can undoubtedly be attributed in part to his favoured gegen-pressing “heavy metal” style of play, but is there more to his winning football philosophy than the positioning of his players on the pitch and the work rate […]

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Taking Responsibility to Improve

“Coaches can’t make a player a better footballer on their own; 90 per cent of it is up to the player.” – Eric Black The experiences Eric Black had as a player combined with the learning opportunities he had as a trainee coach gave him a valuable insight into what it takes to be a […]

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Coaching Influences and Ripples

“A good relationship between players enhances the performance of the team as a whole.” – Eric Black As a young player at Aberdeen, Eric Black was coached by Sir Alex Ferguson and Archie Knox. The move from Aberdeen to FC Metz then introduced him to a very different style of coaching, and these experiences not […]

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