The job of a football manager has to be the most difficult and stressful management role on the planet. There is no hiding place. Your results are immediate – once or even twice a week. Boards of directors and fans want instant results. A bad performance is punished mercilessly and in public. Humiliation is a constant companion.
Under this constant pressure, one can understand why many managers go wild and rave about the sidelines, on television, on the radio and in the press. However, they are unaware that their aggressive and insulting behavior condemns their players to poor performance.
In today’s competitive world, almost every football manager knows that at Premier League level most players are equal in terms of fitness and skill. What makes the STAR, what makes the player exceptional, is mental health. It’s mental health that wins the games.
So why do many managers behave in a way that harms the mental health of their players? It certainly can only be ignorance (in its true sense) – because every manager wants success for their players and their club.
So here are seven things a football manager should do to boost the mental health of his players.
Openly promise, now, not to criticize any of your players in public. Not even if it’s justified. You will be speaking candidly in private and if you do decide to fire a player, you will do so in the most decent manner possible.
2. Tell your players that you love them, that you think they are great players, and that you know that each of them is doing their best in every game. You trust them.
Do whatever it takes to have fun and have fun again on the team. People cannot perform at their peak when they are afraid, worried, or unhappy. Make fun your main goal. Work hard – yes! Win games – of course. But don’t fight when we make mistakes. Let’s take the fun back into our football and our lives.
4. Sincerely praise even the smallest improvement or sparkle of shine and openly praise. Especially when the going gets tough. Big fires start with little sparks. Really look for things to rent.
Stop yelling, mocking and insulting, even in private. Your macho ego may feel good, but it doesn’t do your players any good. In fact, they will subconsciously hate you and play badly against you – and they won’t even know they’re doing it. Focus on helping people do better – not crushing them with sarcasm.
6. Make it your main goal to help each individual become the best player he / she can be. To be seen as helping players in their careers. If your club can’t meet the gaming or salary aspirations of a brilliant player, work with them to find the best transfer possible. Imagine the effect it will have. Players will bring you undying loyalty and effort when they know you are there for them.
7. Find ways to keep players’ minds focused on success. Every day – several times a day, make statements that predict success and expect success. Don’t even hint at the loss! Give players time to visualize this success – it all comes from a dream.
Yes, a little money to buy talent helps, but that’s not all. Apply these seven rules seriously for two weeks and watch your team improve beyond what you thought possible.