It’s a sad indictment of the keyboard warrior community, which we all now live in, that I felt compelled to write this blog in defence of the coaches and sessions, regularly discredited by the Twitter football police. The great thing about Twitter, and other social media platforms for that matter, is that you have immediate access to an infinite library of incredible resources and contacts at the click of a button. But unfortunately, the unregulated anonymity of this form of communication means that users are frequently subjected to an unsolicited, and often unqualified, judgment from a frequently faceless audience. The hashtag “be kind” has been quickly forgotten and hashtag “I know everything much better than you” is back with a vengeance – exacerbated by the added time we all have at our disposal due to the C19 lockdown protocol.
I saw a great tweet recently by @coachingbadges which read “there is a place for unopposed work, opposed work, mannequins, cones, balls, bibs, no equipment, equipment, slow tempo, high tempo, whistles, no talking, talking…it’s your session…just make it work…f*ck the Twitter coaching police”. This sums up my view on the matter superbly. The only person who truly understands what the intentions of your session are, and whether they are suitable or relevant to the audience you’ve got in front of you, is YOU!
I hope you enjoy the thread that I have collated together here. And remember, the next time someone asks you – where’s the directional play, where’s the balls, where’s the goals, and where’s the realism? Direct them to this Blog.
Guardiola using a “bucket-ball challenge” for team bonding at Manchester City…That’s not in the coaching manual!
Johan Cruyff working on coordination by teaching Hristo Stoichkov to jump rope during Barcelona training…You don’t see a skipping rope on the pitch, that’s just a gimmick!
Marcelo Bielsa using static mannequins and cones during an unopposed pattern and finishing session at Leeds Utd…You can’t be tackled by a mannequin, too easy!
Back 4 unopposed defensive shape work, by Maurizio Sarri at Napoli…This isn’t right, where’re the attackers?
Klopp’s Liverpool undertaking a physical endurance test during preseason…This type of thing is just old school and outdated, it’s not an athletics club!
Chelsea breaking all of the rules here – a 9v2 rondo, reaction games, sprint races, the coach joining in!…What would he know about what players want and need anyway, obviously never played the game!
Jose Mourinho delivering an unopposed passing pattern during a Portuguese coach-education workshop…Where’s the realism, let the game be the teacher!
He’s at it again and this time with Bayern. He won’t achieve anything in the game this one…Where’s the goals? Why is the coach joining in?
Circuit training? Does Simeone approve of this?…Get the balls out, the players will hate this!
At least the modern coaches like Nagelsmann will get it right. Wait, hold on a minute…Good luck passing your A license with that one!