This week, SportPesa ambassador Doctor Khumalo spoke out on the incidents where coaches and players find themselves going head-to-head and their actions begin to negatively rub off on the team. The Kaizer Chiefs legend used Manchester United’s manager, Jose Mourinho and star-player Paul Pogba as a reference after the two have publicly displayed their frustrations towards each other.
Khumalo believes that emotions control every human and points out that there shouldn’t be any fall-out between a player and his coach, especially in the public eye.
“Like I said in one of my previous columns, every coach has their own way of doing things, dealing with the technical team, the supporters, management and the players themselves. They also have their own way of dealing with anything that has to do with the players or the club.
“As much as you’re human, I strongly believe that the emotions control you. There are those coaches who will take the bullet and protect their players in the post-match interviews. That’s because you still need to play other games and you will be needing your players to do the job. Mentally, it is clear that the two are on a different wavelength.
“You don’t get the sense that the payers are saying, “You know what, we want to play for this coach.” Some situations see players dragging themselves to go to training because they’re not enjoying working with their coach at all. That’s not a conducive situation for anyone because football is what brings bread to their table, yet they’re not serving it to the best of their ability. Players, sometimes, tend to find it easy to go to work because football is their happy place where they forget everything else.
“The body language of the players also says a lot and I know that from personal experience. When you have to go to training, you even whistle when you’re taking a shower because you’re looking forward to work. That’s a sign of a fresh mind, a happy body and a happy soul, which is the way it should be. You can’t be dragging your feet going to training because that’s not right for anyone. The poor supporters will suffer because they don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes, yet they pay their hard-earned money to come and watch a team that is in a chaotic state.
“If there’s bad blood between a player and a coach, that’s something that has to be ironed out internally, without the general public knowing about it. Now everyone is talking about the fall-out more than the team and there shouldn’t be any fall-out between a coach and a player, to start with.”
To read the full SportPesa Clubhouse column, check out this week’s edition of Soccer Laduma, issue 1093.