Football’s mind games – therapy for mental health

MENTAL HEALTH is very much in the news at present, everyone seems to have suffered from problems at some point in their life. Mental Health has been misdiagnosed as a “cover all” for anything that touches the mind, be it depression, anxiety, paranoia, stress and a whole vast range of other conditions. I have been receiving something called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to deal with … Continue reading Football’s mind games – therapy for mental health

League title winners – passing the baton on

HOW OFTEN have you heard someone explain away a poor title defence with a comment like, “They needed to turn things over….they needed to rebuild”? It is true that nothing lasts forever in football and sometimes, a title winning team burns itself out in lifting the big prize. A manager gets the best out of a group of players and then they’re done. The fact … Continue reading League title winners – passing the baton on

The agitation game – why players throw tantrums to get that move

THIS has been something of an unsatisfactory summer for the reputation of footballers and their commitment to their contracts. A string of major players have made themselves the proverbial “pain in the arse” in order to push for a transfer, mostly when they are in mid-contract. The most recent example appears to be David Luiz, who moved from Chelsea to Arsenal in the closing minutes … Continue reading The agitation game – why players throw tantrums to get that move

Do they think we’re stupid? Players and their “heads”

VIRGIL van Dijk is a decent player and one that is surely going to get better with time. But he’s playing the “not in the right frame of mind” game that is usually the precursor to a move to another club. Does he really think we’re buying this? If van Dijk is not in the right frame of mind, it is because his agent and … Continue reading Do they think we’re stupid? Players and their “heads”

Title winners – passing the baton on

HOW OFTEN have you heard someone explain away a poor title defence with a comment like, “They needed to turn things over….they needed to rebuild”? It is true that nothing lasts forever in football and sometimes, a title winning team burns itself out in lifting the big prize. A manager gets the best out of a group of players and then they’re done. The fact … Continue reading Title winners – passing the baton on

Time for clubs to educate their players on the English language

It’s time that football clubs started to educate their players on how they should speak to the media. We are tired of hearing meaningless comments by players after a match, often in a form of English that belongs to the darkened bus shelters of the inner city. Admittedly, a large percentage of players would probably be sitting around in such places if they had not … Continue reading Time for clubs to educate their players on the English language