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Tulsa Soccer Training : Sir Alex Ferguson

PRIDE Soccer Training – Episode 17 – Sir Alex Ferguson Part 1 

Hello and welcome to the pride of Tulsa soccer training podcast this podcast is brought to you by pride soccer training Tulsa’s number one program for personal soccer training and soccer player development. In this podcast soccer coach and soccer trainer O’Niel bent who is the founder and CEO of pride soccer training will share tips tools proven strategies wisdom and insight for soccer players success both on and off the pitch. Pride of Tulsa soccer training mission is simple to help soccer players systematically develop and grow in their soccer skills and also to grow in character. Prior to Tulsa soccer training helps players achieve their personal goals so they can win both on the pitch and in everyday life. This is episode 17. Today we’re doing a coach’s profile and we are focused on Sir Alex Ferguson. O’Neal How are you doing today. Doing well and you are doing great. Thank you I know you love Sir Alec. And so I want to hear what you’ve got for us today. This is our first coach’s profile that we’ve done right. Yes. What have you got for us. I’m sorry Alex Ferguson.

This is the man I think that all coaches need to look to to gain understanding and insight on how to manage themselves their team companies. I think you can learn so much from him. He he’s a Scotsman who managed several clubs East Stirlingshire St Mirren Aberdeen and he also most notably managed Manchester United Tulsa Soccer Training .

For me I knew many who did he coach David Beckham he sure did yeah cause I have like a memory of those two with me and you I know he’s not your team and arsenals arsenal.

Yeah yeah. But I mean I’ve. But you get props or words I do Tulsa Soccer Training .

I do admire them and there’s a part of me that still likes me and you know that might sound like sacrilege to some arsenal fans but I do love Arsenal and I still like Matthew but he managed them from 1986 to 2013 so that’s quite a long time to be a head coach of anything during that time. He had 13 English Premier League titles five F.A. Cup championships four League Cup championships 10 F.A. charity community Shield’s to UK for Champions League titles 1 FA Cup Winners Cup 1 Super Cup 1 International Cup and 1 FIFA Club World Cup.

That’s a lot of honors and when you say he coached there from 1986 to 2013. Yes. That’s like 27 years. What do you think can be. I mean is that normal in soccer is that rare and what do you think you know attribute it to his longevity and success.

Tulsa Soccer Training  It’s very rare that anybody could do that. You know like I said in anything and then to be focused for that length of time it’s remarkable. But he had standards that he went by and he stuck to the standards he held himself to those standards something that I look at how I coach and I was thinking something that he said in the interview I watched and it was just how you have to make sure that nothing goes unsaid. You don’t let any mistake any problem that comes up any issue go on challenge and on talked about.

And that’s really good advice not just for the soccer pitch because obviously I understand that you know correcting you know technical mistakes or mental mistakes or you know tactical issues but also just in life that’s really good advice. Can you kind of break down why you think that that’s important like what is he what is he saying. What’s the heart of that why is it so important to make sure that you speak on it. You know sussed it out whatever. Why do you think that’s important.

I think it all comes down to being disciplined and communication like those two things together because you’re expecting people to be held to a certain standard and if you don’t communicate that every single time that that standard is lowered then you’re going to have problems if you let you know. Player A You know and not shave and show up to play a game and you let player be you’re like no you need to shave. It’s not going to work. You’ve got to hold your stars and you have to hold your regular players up to the same standard every time Tulsa Soccer Training .

End for him he’s talking about what speaking to those things.

Yes speaking to them saying you know going in and talking to the players about it and not letting it just go unsaid or go go by.

So this could be like your play your standards your expectations your goals if you’re instructing someone just really elaborating and putting out there what needs to be said is that just so we’re all on the same page I guess Tulsa Soccer Training .

Yes that’s correct communication. I mean and then keeping the discipline it’s it’s like having your child and you you teach them certain things at home you teach them to use their knife and fork at the table and to wait their turn to talk and then you go out in public and you’re sitting down and everybody’s having a good conversation and someone walks up to you and says hey look at you Kiran. That’s a great kid. They’re listening and they’re doing these things you like. Yes. But if you had not done that at home and communicated that the whole time it wouldn’t work. You know we’ve seen the reverse of that. You see a kid acting crazy and wild and doing whatever they want and say because it’s not practiced and talked to about home. Then you have a parent trying to say hey be quiet you know. But they never worked on it at home. And so he’s saying you have to have this standard all the time. I think it goes back to that quote about me or him when she was a hard work when no one’s looking. I think this is the same thing you hold people to standards even when no one’s looking.

That’s a really good and kind of dealing with it at home. You know so that way when you step on the pitch or when it’s time to perform your collective and you’re ready to go you know the collective is ready to perform.

Tulsa Soccer Training  That’s correct. That’s correct. I remember I have to talk about this before it’s called the Flying V.

The thing that birds do when they migrate. Well he was working or they were training sorry. And he looked up and he saw these birds doing a flying V and he said hey guys look at the birds in the air they’re doing a flying V and he goes to talk about how you know the bird at the front is you know guiding and steering and taking all of it’s taking all of its energy to help get them to where they want to go. But when that bird gets tired it comes back to the end of the V. And so the next one comes to the front and he says that is teamwork. That is how we are supposed to be. We’re supposed to work together. And if he hadn’t done that he said it just happened that it came. Those birds flew over at that time. But it was just like a perfect timing of it. And it’s how we are supposed to be as as as teams as coaches as players we’re supposed to put that team first and it needs to be communicated and it needs to be a part of the team motto and energy. So it’s a standard that must be maintained.

I love that I’m glad you share that because it applies to like our jobs. Our hobbies are. You know if we’re playing and athletes in that profession or even just our family like even our home life I’d say you have studied that Flying V and I love that. It’s just a rich analogy in concept about teamwork something that I learned I don’t know if you saw this too when you were studying but if a if a bird gets hurt or is ill or they know like can’t go on or whatever. Just needs to recoup somebody from that formation will go with that bird and guide them down to safety and kind of stay with them. And I thought that was pretty cool because birds are like looking out like playing nurse or another bird now. And they also said like the ducks you know they honk. They make this noise and it’s kind of like they’re spurring each other on like encouraging and there’s a whole science to their wings and how they move with with the draft and how it kind of lifts the whole unit you know so I just think that’s really cool you know that you brought up that analogy. I know that we’re almost out of time here but did you have any final thoughts you wanted to share on Sir Alex Ferguson maybe how he nurtured a player or how he worked within his team to have that unity and that that cultural mindset that’s like we a family we work together do you have any final thoughts anything at all about him.

Yeah. I mean to me the thing that I like about him. He was part of the most winning winningest coach of all time. He won the most awards or period of time. But what I do like about him is he didn’t let any one player become so great that they weren’t held to the same standard as everybody else. And I think to me that is that is showing that everybody is the same everybody’s going to be held equal. And he also talked about when you have your staff that you remember people’s names that you talk to them you say hello to everybody because everybody counts everybody matters. Everybody’s helping us get to this. Even the players that may not play as much in the games but there are people in practice who help the star players become who they are because in a long season that spans several months there’s going to be injuries it’s going to be star players not showing up your other teammates are going to have to be there to help you.

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