South African football needs its own Ranieri’s

South African football needs its own Ranieri’s

Claudio Ranieri’s amazing success is changing the thinking of the meaning of modern coaching efficiency!

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Most recent articles/analyses of Ranieri’s huge achievements with Leicester disclose his special success formula (within limited resources) which indeed looks very different from what’s prescribed in the conventional coaching manuals.

According to Ranieri the most effective and relevant way to succeed in competition football is ‘to identify the characteristics of your players, create a playing philosophy and style based on those players’ characteristics and then find the best possible training methods and psychological tools to maximize the philosophy and style’.

It sounds appealing, quite simple and exciting but in reality, it’s a difficult process (I know it from my own experience).

However, the benefits of this complete success formula are unmatched by the simplistic solution of buying ‘quality players’ (at a high cost) according to the coach’s philosophy and expect winning results.

Many clubs’ managements in the EPL and elsewhere are faced with the dilemma of implementing coaches’ expensive philosophies vs Ranieri’ success formula.

As the findings of football science support many aspects of producing high-performance football on the basis of optimally blending the attributes of players with a matching style and the best possible training methods, the success of Ranieri’s approach cannot be debated.

The consequences of this realistic, relevant and highly effective coaching success formula bring up the question, ‘Is the coaching approach/mentality that ignores Ranieri’s formula (players’ characteristics + playing philosophy + relevant training) still beneficial to high-performance football?

Can top class football still afford to have coaches who say ‘give me the players I want for my philosophy’ when there is a much more reliable, economical and successful model available?

Surely, the practice of clubs buying some quality players will always be part of football business BUT it should NOT affect the logics of high-performance formula (Ranieri’s concept).

An important and extremely encouraging indication is that in South African football a few coaches are emerging as valuable promoters and implementers of high-efficiency coaching formula, ‘SA players’ characteristics + SA playing philosophy + SA relevant training’. DAN MALESELA (Chippa Utd) and KGOKOLO THOBEJANE (Baroka) as well as other few local youth and club coaches should be applauded for remarkable achievements despite modest or even sub-standards conditions. Their coaching efficiency – considering all the difficulties they are facing with – is ahead of the others and EXEMPLARY, especially to those coaches who enjoy superior conditions – better quality players, top facilities, greater salaries and media exposure

DAN MALESELA (Chippa Utd) and KGOKOLO THOBEJANE (Baroka) as well as other few local youth and club coaches should be applauded for remarkable achievements despite modest or even sub-standards conditions. Their coaching efficiency – considering all the difficulties they are facing with – is ahead of the others and EXEMPLARY, especially to those coaches who enjoy superior conditions – better quality players, top facilities, greater salaries and media exposure

Their coaching efficiency – considering all the difficulties they are facing with – is ahead of the others and EXEMPLARY, especially to those coaches who enjoy superior conditions – better quality players, top facilities, greater salaries and media exposure