Newly appointed Manchester United coach, Louis van Gaal, recently stated it’ll take him at least 3 months to get his team to start executing the way he wants to play.
And he’s got a whole staff behind him working around the clock.
And he’s got all international level players.
And the team is practically training and playing all the time.
And he’s a world class coach who’s been doing this for 30 years.
So, what does that say about all of us?
Well, in simple terms …
It’s probably going to take you longer than 3 months. A LOT LONGER.
And that’s assuming you’ve got yourself a proven training methodology in hand.
One that’s highly focussed & well optimized to support a vision. You can NOT do a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. You can NOT move on to the next shiny little drill you come across on the internet!
Well, I mean you could … but that probably means you’re in the early stages of coaching trial and error and have not converged on a highly optimized framework that actually works.
And that’s ok, we’re all somewhere on the learning curve. But we must recognize it.
The main points are:
- You need a clear vision of how you want your team to play.
- You need a training framework (a small set of activities) that has demonstrated consistent success in executing your vision.
- Taking a team from zero, to consistent match day execution of your vision, is going to take a long time of doing the same activities.