Michael Carrick: coaching elite players
Michael Carrick, former Manchester United player and coach, discusses his approach to working with senior players at the elite level of the game.
Understand the individual
You’ve got to understand the individual player and find out what makes them tick. As the generations go by, the characteristics of players change a little bit, and the personalities change a little bit because the world does. Socially, that’s just how it is. So, I think you really have to understand that and be able to deal with that.
I wouldn’t say there is a set way to coach. Coaching is finding out about the individual and trying to get within a distance where there’s still a barrier but close enough to have their trust and respect.
Willingness to learn for players is key. So as the coach, you need to be able to push the right buttons at the right time.
Don't always do what you did as a player
Because I’ve gone through experiences as a player, it’s easy to revert to what I was like in certain situations. However, that doesn’t necessarily fit with the player in that situation now. So sometimes, that first thought of “what did I do” or “what did the manager say to me” is not necessarily the right thing at that time. That’s probably the biggest challenge I’ve found because certain individuals are different, and the game has changed.