There isn´t one single thing that makes some one a good coach or manager, its a mass of things and a long time in the game at all levels and experiences tells you that. I think that honesty, commitment and determination are three key things, but you have to be a confidant person with ability to lead, but also some one that is capable of sitting back and allowing some one else to lead helps you learn from other coaches. Love and enthusiasm are great things to have, and a master coach has all these things in abundance.
More and more these days something new that hasn’t really been talked about in football until recent years, is something called long term player development, or LTPD for short. This means not only developing players as footballers, which coaching has always aimed to do, but developing the players as people, for the long term. Its no good producing players that can score the perfect goal if they have no respect for who is around them and a lack of team work skills.
LTPD is about teaching the player life skills as well as the football side to coaching. Its important that the player learns about self-discipline and also has a taste of leadership and then also going back to being led by some one else in the team. Team work is the main thing that coaches talk about and that’s a valuable life skill to.
The master coach might be able to coach good football, but the best coaches of all can coach good football and also aid LTPD. Good footballers is one thing that coaches have to produce, but for most people football isn’t going to be their full time job, so we have to make sure that each person we coach has been prepared for other jobs that they could take on. Doesn’t sound like the job of a coach, more like the job of the parents or the carers of the player, but anything the coach does to help, then that’s a bonus.