MY TIME AS A ‘SPY’ REVEALED TEAMS’ TACTICS!
I TRAVELLED up to Sheffield to watch the first leg of the semifinal at Bramall Lane on Friday. Having beaten Yeovil twice at home early in the season (once in the FA Cup) I have been surprised by their rise.
Then again, Gary Johnson is a great manager at our level and Terry Skiverton has done brilliantly to step back into the coaching role having held the managerial reins.
Because I was sat immediately behind the dugouts on Friday, it was intriguing to study the way in which the two dugouts worked.
I watched the different ways in which they influenced officials, the communication processes that led to decisions, the way in which instructions were conveyed and by whom; I looked at the fuelling strategies, set-play decision making, and behavioural patterns at key times.
I must admit that I have never really been that close before and able to invest so much time in learning how others work in the heat of a vital battle. It was intriguing and gave me loads of food for thought.
Yeovil could easily have gone back home level on the night and I doubt that the tie is over yet, although United are certainly tough to break down.
GREAT BOSS: Gary Johnson