Coaches around the world have a huge amount of pressure hanging over their heads, especially when the results aren’t forthcoming and calls for their departure start to come in from all corners.
This week, SportPesa ambassador Doctor Khumalo touched on the topic and had pointed out a number of key factors that should be taken into consideration before any hasty decisions are made.
“The player-supporter and coach-supporter influence are very vital in a team. The understanding between these three components can’t be over-emphasised. If they’re far apart, there’s no way you can achieve your goals. You can get good results with a team without a head coach, but that won’t last. You can’t get consistently good results with players who are not up to standard. You can’t sustain a team like that because there won’t be any continuity. With unhappy supporters, who only support you for certain games, and they go away whenever your team hits rough times, you will definitely not go far.
“There are certain things that can’t be separated in order for you to succeed. Success is a process and it takes time. Do we ever question the quality of the players brought in or the technical team? Do we even think about getting the supporters closer to their team so that they’re up to date on things happening behind the scenes and therefore make them feel more part of the team?
“Sometimes the supporters see things happening out of the blue and they react, which is only natural. But because there’s no communication between them and the club, they don’t understand what they see and therefore feel let down, whereas if they knew, they would react differently because they’d be aware of what’s going on.
“No team can function properly without their supporters and you can see that from all the teams that have been forced to play behind closed doors due to unruly supporters’ behaviour – the game just doesn’t feel the same. You don’t only lose the right to have your supporters, you lose revenue, and running the risk of seeing some of your supporters not coming back to the stadium.
“You also don’t want your supporters to get used to watching their team on television, as you want them at the stadium as your 12th man. Again, their absence levels the playing fields because the away team doesn’t feel like they’re playing away at all.”
Khumalo continued as he touched on what five pillars are key in football. To check out what these are, check out this week’s edition of Soccer Laduma, issue 1099 and read the SportPesa Clubhouse column.