Coaches and their Captains

A coach’s or manager’s role is diverse and demanding. Quality personnel is required to ease his workload and balance the group’s needs.

Choosing captains can be difficult as the coach/manager’s preferred option may differ to that of the players. The coach needs a captain he can trust and work with. Likewise, the captain and players must have mutual respect and feel they can work together. Coaches, captains and players must interact in a three way relationship.

There is more to the role than wearing an armband and thanking officials and opponents.  Certain characteristics and skills are required for the leadership role.  Just like the coach, the captain does not have to be loud to be heard but he must possess mental strength and have good people skills.

The best players do not necessarily make the best captains. However, the choice of Harry Kane to lead England in the 2018 World Cup has been greeted with universal approval. To Kane’s credit he has relished the responsibility.

His skills were put to the test against Panama where the opposition stretched gamesmanship to the limit. In doing so they conceded two penalties.

Kane was hustled and jostled as he stepped up to take the spot-kicks. Amid the turmoil he remained calm, composed and blasted the ball with unbelievable accuracy into the top left corner of the net.