I was asked at a recent interview, ‘How much emphasis’ do I put on ‘Statistics and Scientific data or Gut feeling’. I answered – for me there still has to be a balance.

I know I made decisions in games even recently based on data and went against my ‘Gut instincts’ and it cost me the result. Personally, I do not have major evidence to support the opposite. But, facts are facts so you have to respect them and find where they fit into your needs. Another friend in football in the EPL (English Premier League) told me the story of how they had won an away game comfortably. On the team bus all staff and some players were fixed on reviewing the statistics and not even enjoying or celebrating the win, like robots, in essence. We need to be careful not to take the football out of football or the unpredictability and magic of the game could die. YES, absolutely use analysis it is vital to help you and your players clarify and improve but both coaches and players will always at some point need to trust their ‘Gut feelings’ or the heart will leave the game.

Impossible to Totally Relax

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Impossible to Totally Relax

Not a complaint but an absolute FACT in my experience. It is basically impossible to totally relax when you are involved as much as I am in football, the game I love.
There is always something or someone needing help, advice or just moaning about something or someone. Yes, I tried staying away from technology but then, they send stuff anyway and it piles up.

As much as you try, as soon as your eyes open the mind is on it, what, when, where, who.

I tried to explain to someone that coaches in high level roles particularly are thinking 24 hours a day and the answer was “But, you still get time to rest” Duh when is that then? Oh I know, in between the 24 hrs somewhere.

Holidays are not really holidays they are just a time to reflect and start thinking ahead. Might have to write to Dr OZ, lol, still love the game either way …