I have been contemplating writing my thoughts on Junior Football into a sort of blog for a while but haven’t got round to it. Firstly didn’t know how to and secondly would anyone be interested ? Many people close to me in the club understand the way I think and I think most of them agree with my views. But that is all they are, views, not right, not wrong, just views/opinions. Since I first got involved in Junior Football as a coach, way back in 2001, junior football has changed and my ideas and thoughts have changed with it. If anyone wants my views on anything then please let me know and I will happily discuss. I have heard it all believe me so nothing shocks me anymore. A lot of people hear second hand what gets said and discussed at managers/coaches evenings. I might be opening myself up for some criticism but I am a big boy now and I think I can handle it. After all, I am only in it for the fame, financial gains, for my own kids benefits and other things people have said to me. Yes true, people think I get paid. I wish.
Wed 18th April 2018
As it seems fairly relevant, I have been asked today why I think sideline/coach/Parent and player behavior deteriorates when we get to this part of the season. Having run a competitive side for the last 6 years, eg we play for points and have done since Under 9, I don’t really notice a difference through the season. You know which teams want to play football and you know which are going to kick you. It is the way it is and I only expect it to get worse. Generally the standard is good and only a few teams show no respect to their coaches or themselves. That’s the way it is. However, all teams Under 11 and below play non results based football for the first 2/3 of the season. Then the carrot of a cup is dangled. Producing demons at the side of a pitch. Coaching goes out of the window and the win at all costs mentality kicks in. Have I been guilty of it, of course. Not for a few years but yes I have got rid of the equal playing time idea, moving positions and the quiet pitch side manner all goes out of the window. I have done it once this season to. Not proud and felt awful to the loyal lads that have stood by me all season and for years previously. Why did I ? Because I want them to win the league, not for me for them. They deserve it, I couldn’t care less. Did it work ? No, we lost.
I personally don’t understand why teams are expected to play development football all season then play for a cup, to me it has to be one way or the other. More referees will walk away from the end of Feb to the end of the season I bet due to the abuse. Only my opinion though.
Monday 7th May 2018
As most of the teams wrap up for the summer in the next few weeks, a few problems start to arise. Coaches who have had enough, players want to move to other teams. Some want to try other clubs and some want to move to other teams in Wolves. It is a shame when you lose players and coaches but these things happen. The worse thing is all the reasons for moving aren’t usually out in the open. Politics can be hard to deal with but I try to please all. Impossible but I try and it’s amazing how many people seem to want to blame you for trying your best to give players the best opportunity to carry on in other teams. If it doesn’t get sorted then it will be my fault, or so they want to believe.
More importantly this week my team have a League play off game. All the usual selection headaches occur but good problems to have. Hope the lads do themselves and regardless of the outcome we have had an unbelievable season. Proud of them all.