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|Tuesday 08 October 19 I 10:02:50|
Managers might not of reached the goals set during the summer, or perhaps the players bought in aren’t delivering for one reason or another. If a player isn’t in the side they get unsettled and start moaning.
All the managers I have worked with would say ‘If you’re playing well, you’d be in the team. You are out of it because you’re not playing well`. Unsettled players want to move on and their mood can affect others.
Too much training on such surfaces can affect joints and some players may have to be kept off it. If you want to lay your own it costs a fortune. In days gone by we trained on anything.
A lot of league players would train on the car park on a Friday morning and be very competitive that players would get injured and end up missing the game.
At Wolves under Graham Turner this was a regular occurrence, while the Aston Villa Centre Of Excellence took place on the car park at Villa Park for many years.
It can be a 24/7 existence for ten months of the year. You have to have a certain mindset to deal with it. In the New Year there will be three basic situations facing you at this stage. You are hoping to go up, avoid relegation or be somewhere in between. In my long career I’ve have sampled all three.
Fans, however, must appreciate the true goals of their clubs is that there are 88
clubs at Step 3 most will experience a small form of success. A few will go a
bit further and reach the play-offs, a local county senior or the League Cup
Final or have an extended run in a major cup only eight will experience
promotion that is just 15.8 per cent.
In other words the vast majority of clubs will fail to achieve what fans will see as their primary objective.
Football is so important to the emotional well-being of our nation. It is really important is the appreciate the bigger picture that is going on giving youth a chance bringing through local players progressing five places up the table, scoring 10 per cent more home goals- these are important steps in building a club’s future. You do however become obsessed with the game.
A lot of people outside the game have asked me, ‘why I bother?’ It’s a good question but the answer is that it is in my blood.
Not every club can win. But every club can progress.
Gavin has been involved in the game for over 30 years and has shown great dedication during that time as the physio for a handful of local non-League clubs, most notably Halesowen Town, but also Oldbury United, Tividale, Stourbridge and Hednesford Town, as well as assisting the Wolves academy and WBA reserves.
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