Sunday 20 October 2019

Currid's top tips

Leave nothing unsaid or festering: Grudges and lack of trust can exist in any team, either between players or management and players. Root it out by talking about it and force people to be honest with each other. "Leave nothing under the carpet because, if you do, it will come out on the pitch, either in training or during games," she warns.

Talk to players one-to-one

"If I do four group sessions with a team in a year, that'd be a lot. That is something that managers can do for their own purposes, but I find that players are way more honest in one-to-one sessions. Maybe there is someone in your backroom team who can take on this role?"

The Second 15 are as

important as the first

"The first 15 are naturally the most motivated, but it's your duty to keep the second 15 just as happy and motivated. They actually set the performance standard because they push the first 15 to earn their places, and they must also be ready to come in and perform just as well as them. I've often had club players telling me 'the manager hasn't spoken to me in four weeks!'"

Deal with the messers

"There are messers in every group, people who aren't putting in the same effort or are socialising too much or breaking team rules. Confront them! Make every player accountable to their team-mates for their actions. Trust is best established when players hold each other accountable, so make them do this. There may be bust-ups initially, but they get over it surprisingly quickly."

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ALWAYS Use positive language "So many of us talk about what we don't want to happen. It's like the pink elephant syndrome. Once it's mentioned you can't stop thinking about one. So don't say 'Johnny, whatever you do, don't kick the ball in long!' Tell him what you want to happen -- 'use short, accurate passes' -- not the opposite. And don't criticise mistakes, because those are the players who are taking chances, they are not afraid to try different things."

Two-Way Communication

"It's usually one-way: a manager telling players what he wants them to do. Why? Players need to have an input into the game plan and tactics. The more ownership they have of tactics, the better they'll perform them. Dublin's players themselves came up with two of their most successful game plans this year."

Control the Controllables

"Let management worry about the opposition. If players are talking about the opposition, they are not concentrating on their own game. Also, what if they walk out and aren't being marked by the guy they expected? Focus players on their own performance, not the opposition, because that is what you can most control."

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