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Feuding dressing room

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Problems arise at every club in every dressing room at every level of football. from the Sunday park, through youth academies to the first teams of professional football clubs. They happen at Spurs, they will always happen at Spurs, just as they will everywhere else. How then can we deal with a dressing room feud?

Seeing the signs and being proactive rather than reactive is the main aim. Naturally with a new club that becomes a little more difficult as you have to learn the characters in the dressing room for yourself. There may not always be signs, of course, it may just kick-off in a changing room when something has triggered a frustrated emotion.

Only the players there know the ins and outs of the November issue It seems pretty obvious it was about effort and buying into Pochettino's tactics. A set of players were perhaps perceived not to be pulling their weight and have hardly played since.

There are always heated debates in changing rooms, you are dealing with passionate people in a passionate sport and hopefully, many in that changing room have a winning mentality. I will reiterate for new readers that a winning mentality is doing everything you can, to understand how to improve as a player. fit the club best, the system and put it all into practice. We'll call these, group one, the likes of Gareth Bale, Ronaldo, Kane, Lloris. A winning mentality is trying to be the best you can be, winning games is just a part of that. The off the field work wins games on the field.

Put those people in a dressing room with group two, people who don't have that passion for being the best they can be and you are going to have arguments when things go wrong. A winning mentality finds it difficult to understand a player without a winning mentality and equally the latter group see the winner as perhaps obsessive, certainly different. It can create division, equally it can be a happy camp if the mutual respect is there.

Each will think they are doing their best, but actually only one group is, the second group just don't know it and can't see it. The second group therefore, would probably not go to see a sports psychologist, they would think of it as mumbo-jumbo, the first group would embrace them.

A group one player will accept group two players if they are trying their best, even though they are not using all the elements somebody from group one would, extra training, specialists etc. If a team works for a star then that star has to really appreciate the effort the team are making for him, if he doesn't the team will want him out, sparks will fly.

The coach has to work with and understand both groups, plus the dynamic between them. When he has grasped that then he can read the signs in the air and proactively stop any trouble before it becomes an issue. We have had our fair share of problems over the last few years and it seems we have decided enough is enough, a bunch of you are going come what may.

Generally we now have a happy camp and want to introduce people within that who are going to fit the environment. That has to be an element of our assessment of potential new players.

To deal with the problems that have arisen a coach has to increase communication and decrease anxiety. Communication should cool a situation and aid understanding. Understanding decreases the tension levels and then resolutions can be found that otherwise wouldn't be accepted. Importantly, issues can then be resolved, resentment or other negative feelings dissipated and not held on to.

The bottom line is the coach will decide what is best for the team, whether two players are feuding or not, the team comes first. A player has to accept that or leave the club really as he won't be anywhere near the team.

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