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Coaching Dynamics Book


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Book Summary:
Coaching soccer successfully at the highest levels takes more than just X's and O's. Moulding a group of advanced players, each with a unique personality, into a cohesive unit with common team goals is a task that requires presence, tact, preparation, tough decision making, effective communication, conflict management and vision.

The authors have achieved coaching success at the top level of the game and share with you in this book not only several proven training sessions but also an inside look into the dynamics of coaching a professional soccer team.

Steve Nicol - Nicol started his career with Ayr United in 1979 and spent just over 2 seasons with the Scottish side, racking up 70 league appearances, before Liverpool manager Bob Paisley decided to pay, what turned out to be, a bargain price of £300,000 to bring Nicol to Anfield on the 26 October 1981.

Steve took over as head coach of New England Revolution on an interim basis initially, then permanently after 21 games, leading the team to the MLS Cup that season, and was named MLS Coach of the Year in his first year. The team has advanced to the MLS Eastern Conference Finals in each of his years as coach, and returned to the MLS Cup in 2005 and 2006. Nicol's Revolution has the unique distinction of having not scored a goal in regulation time in any of their three final appearances (losing all three). One of the coaches who works under him is ex-Ipswich Town, Arsenal and England centre forward Paul Mariner.

Nicol lives in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, with his wife Eleanor, their son (Michael, who plays American football) and daughter (Katie). He is considered to be a possible successor to Bruce Arena as full-time coach of the United States Men's National Team.