The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

I THOR­OUGHLY en­joy learn­ing from the very best in their fields. Peo­ple and teams who get to the top get there for a rea­son. Pre­vi­ously, I loved read­ing about and watch­ing doc­u­men­tary footage of the Eng­land Rugby World Cham­pi­ons.

My eyes were opened by learn­ing of Team Sky’s win­ning meth­ods in cycling. Talk­ing to Mour­inho’s ex-play­ers is al­ways in­sight­ful.

Right now, I am itch­ing to un­der­stand how the Bri­tish Lions camp worked.

When­ever a group of peo­ple come to­gether to cre­ate ex­cep­tional per­for­mance, and ul­ti­mately an out­stand­ing re­sult, there is so much to be taken from the for­mula. There is nor­mally an out­ward mes­sage and sep­a­rately an in­side story. To get to the guts of a suc­cess, you have to marry up the two. The truth is al­ways in there if you in­ves­ti­gate and lis­ten hard enough.

Lis­ten­ing to Bren­dan Foster on Thurs­day in­trigued me. He ex­plained that Mo Farah had pro­gressed from ninth best in the world in 2009 to his dou­ble Olympic gold last year. He out­lined highly sci­en­tific train­ing and re­cov­ery strate­gies that had un­der­pinned that evo­lu­tion. I was in­trigued.

The chal­lenge for us man­agers and coaches is to be the in­no­va­tors and knowl­edge cen­tres that help our teams to gen­er­ate per­for­mance hikes of that ilk.

Ivan Lendl is cred­ited with Andy Mur­ray’s rise. Par­tic­u­larly with his men­tal tran­si­tion to cham­pion sta­tus. The an­swers are there. The search must be con­stant.


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