We do not have a one-style approach to coaching at PSV. While there may be varying coaching personalities our teaching philosophy remains very consistent, however, the way we coach depends on the event, time of the season and whether or not we are coaching a training session or game. Our coaches each have their unique personality and idiosyncrasies in the way we know that players do also.
Our coaching style varies from season to season and from event to event and is modified depending on the age group and the players we coach. With new players we might engage with them more, whereas with players more familiar with our program and teaching style they may need less guidance. The team teaching style will also depend on the type of intervention and directives we feel are needed in order to ingrain material for it to become second nature. There are times when we are communicating constantly and there are times when there are long periods of silence.
It important to differentiate the teaching style between practice and games and its also important that we ensure our coaches express themselves and the transmit their passion, knowledge and enthusiasm to the players using their own personality, all within the framework that we teach. In the same way we dont wish to develop robotic players, we dont want coaches to be robotic and without personality. We want them to be passionate about how they teach and coach as football is a game of emotion.
During certain moments in a game we may be insistent in manipulating a desired outcome, be it a pressing theme or defensive shape and while this can be considered coach centric and oftentimes animated but never derogatory, because we see the game as a teaching opportunity and a means, not an end. We feel that the teaching moments in a game cannot be recreated in practice, so we use the game to capture the emotive experience.
Conversely there may be long periods in the game where there is no instruction and players are left to solve problems and create opportunities. We believe that energy should come from the sideline. e.g. Klopp (Dortmund & Liverpool), Conte (Chlesea), Guardiola (Barcelona, Bayern, Man. City), Simeone (Athletico) and even Zidane (Real Madrid).
Sometimes we use the 'Command' approach when i feel its important to tell and show he players what i want. There are times we make use of the Socratic approach whereby we coaches ask questions of each other and in addition we use the Q&A we ask players to ask questions too. We also find it useful to use the Observational and Feedback approach whereby we ask a player/s to demonstrate and then we ask for feedback. The Guided Discovery approach is also an excellent way to engage players. We oftentimes ask a question and then ask a player to illustrate through a demonstration what they interpreted. The Trial and Error approach encourage players to find a solution with minimal support from us.
Gary Ireland- PSV Union FC
source- john owens