Being the coach/manager of any professional football club, and being any good at it takes a diverse array of talent as well as having an in-depth knowledge of the game. Of course, tactics play an integral part of matchday planning as much as motivating the players. I mean there are some who need a kick up the backside every now and then. On the flipside, there are others who need an arm around the shoulder, even a cuddle when individual performances drop.
The boss, similar to anyone within their respective profession also needs to enforce discipline. Not the way a Sergeant Major would do, albeit that might work for some, but in a way where they gain respect.
A manager and his staff also have to consider their player’s physical condition. Train the players too much, and their bodies may break down or become prone to injuries. Don’t train them enough and halfway through a game they’ll end up blowing out of their backside. Then they have to consider their nutritional intake.
Let’s be honest here; top managers need to be a jack of all trades and masters of them all.
Best of the best
Manchester City has undoubtedly the best manager around. He seems to tick all of the boxes and is a born winner. Pass the winning mentality over, with a blend or concoction of knowledge and bingo. The world becomes your oyster. Mind you, what works at one club might not work at another.
Pep Guardiola is not going anywhere for the foreseeable future, especially after signing a contract extension in the summer. There, that’s that one out of the way. However….
Hypothetically speaking, if Pep was not at MCFC who would you class as the worlds second best coach/manager.
One can discount Jose Mourinho – he’s had his day. So what about Antonio Conte, Diego Simeone, Carlo Ancelotti or Rafa Benitez.
What about former Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane?
Bit of a puzzle isn’t it?
Thankfully, we Blues don’t have to worry about such things. But there will be a time when we have to.