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Charlie Webster - The makings of a successful manager

Published: 14 Jan 2011 - 10:33:35

What makes a good football coach? Quite a difficult question and hard to quantify, especially with managers being sacked left, right and centre over the past month. It's also pretty clear that you don't have to have played the game at the highest standards to be a successful coach.

Coaching is something I've always had a passion for, I started working with a group of kids in an after school scheme to keep them 'off the street' when I was 17 years old. On Saturday I'm starting a course for my level 2 FA coaching badge which will include time coaching a squad.

Now, I don't want to sound like a feminist but there are sadly a few more obstacles in my way than if I was male. However I'm used to that being a female sports presenter. Although when I was talking to the London FA they were telling me how there is a lack of qualified females in the game and those that do want to go further tend to be ridiculed by some of the men which completely knocks their confidence.

So confidence, this is one factor that is hugely important in competitive sport whether you're a player or a coach/manager. Neil Warnock is one that has it in abundance. I know he's like marmite but I love marmite and am a big fan of Neil.

Despite his strong opinions and outbursts I think he's a very good coach. I've seen the way players react to him and I think it's so important to be personable, honest and approachable. I know El-Hadji Diouf will probably disagree after his recent outburst, the Senegalese midfielder saying: "He's not Alex Ferguson. He's not Arsene Wenger. He's not Sam Allardyce or an important manager."

I guess a ruthless streak is also needed then, emphasised most definitely in this day and age of football. It goes without saying that Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have done wonders for the game and are one hundred percent amongst the best in the world. Can you imagine Manchester United now without Sir Alex? I think I'll move on there and leave that question for another blog.

Sheffield United manager Micky Adams said that: "All coaching is, is nicking all the best ideas from the best coaches that you possibly can." On his advice I'm going to scrutinise both Harry Redknapp and Sir Alex on Sunday at White Hart Lane, along with doing my actual job as a presenter.

Redknapp wrote an article which talked about him not understanding a lot of jargon about modern coaching and that's not as complicated as people make it. That is good to know, as they say, K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid).

Just before Christmas I spoke to Gareth Southgate about whether he would go back into the world of football management. He seemed so jaded by it and really didn't feel like he wanted to take the hot-seat at a club, at least not in the immediate future anyway. Southgate almost seems like too nice of a guy for management. He may be lacking that ruthlessness but I do think he'd make a great coach as he has integrity, passion and is as fair as they come.

Going back to Spurs and a man I also think would make a great coach in the future is David Beckham. He is one of the most professional and infectious men in football I have met. By infectious I mean he can lift a team and change the game completely just by his presence in training or on the pitch.

When I was presenting in Spain and Real Madrid were at a real low point, he seemed to be able to bring such enthusiasm to the situation and inspire the rest of the players. Enthusiasm is a must to coach. Beckham's eagerness and role as a hard working leader is why I think he'll make it as a successful coach. Leading by example is another quality I believe is important but it seems as if this is far too rare in modern football.

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FOOTBALL.CO.UK BLOGGER:Charlie Webster
Charlie Webster is one of the brightest young female sports presenters around. Charlie currently reports for BBC’s Football Focus and is an established presenter for Sky Sports. Prior to this she presented live Premiership football for ESPN in Asia, and was the face of Real Madrid TV, interviewing the likes of Zidane, Beckham and Casillas. Charlie’s love for sport has taken her all across the world. She ran her first marathon in Singapore in 2006, and since then has competed in five more, raising thousands of pounds for good causes including the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research and Women’s Aid UK. A fanatical Sheffield United fan, Charlie’s blog will present an insight into football that is rarely explored; from a woman’s perspective! She will be giving her expert opinion on the Premier League, covering all topics on and off the pitch. Follow Charlie on Twitter @CharlieCW.

You can visit Charlie's website at: www.charliewebster.com

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