Football management is one of the most highly pressurised, loneliest and also sought-after roles in football. Most people working in football, let alone coaching, would love the opportunity to work at the very highest level of the game, and it doesn’t get much better than being a manager. Yet the skill set needed to be successful is huge; from leadership, motivator, counsellor, coach, media expert, people expert, communicator, peacemaker, tactician, and accountant, to name but a few, the football manager’s armoury needs to be significant simply to survive. To be successful, the modern-day manager has to be excellent in a number of areas and compensate with key staff members or outside consultants in other areas. Obviously, performance psychology is an absolutely key area for sporting success.

The photo above: Roberto on the bench with Alan Curbishley and friend Steve Coppell in opposite dugout.