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This is a fascinating problem common to anyone who has ever coached. Over the past two seasons I've had a 'superstar' who is difficult to manage. I've stuck to my guns (disciplinarian but fair and fun). At times I thought I was too strict but stuck at it. I'm finally seeing results and glad I stuck to my guns. He still at times will refuse to do certain things but is committed to the cause and never misses training so I can't complain and turn a blind eye. Anyone want to share their experiences?

Milltown Row2:
In a squad of 20 plus players you'll always get arseholes, but if they are clubmen and you stick to your guns they'll play, they may still think you're a dcik but as long as you get the'team' playing as you want them to then all good.

Been there done it many years, no rush to get back into it, some serious expectations some players have of themselves.....

Ha ha. Love the reply. Superstars in many cases do equal arseholes - pretty much what I wanted to say. Sometimes they're worth it and other times they are just arseholes!!

Dunloy realist:
honestly what i do?

i tell them "there's an entrance to our pitch and there's no gates on it. your not forced in here nor kept against your will. You chose what to do next"

sounds harsh or a load of tosh some may say here but i told it to someone last year in the middle of a session. i wont say what grade or code. Our club was here before them and will remain long after them.

Problematic players disrupt all around them and are no good to a team in the long run. yes i try to work with them but if they constantly fight back against you and dont turn up theres nothing you can do. If they toe the line then great.

A team is as good as the people in it and if one of your team constantly upsets things it does you no good, no matter how good they are.

I find showing the gate to the individual arsehole/superstar is an option and agree with DR on that point.
The problem lies with their influence over the group or smaller groups within the set up. this is where DR's option comes in because if not nipped in the bud early their affect can spread like a virus and then if told to leave you will find a lot of allies can become equally disruptive. this may be more so at juvenile grade up to minor but can occur in my experience with some senior set ups.

you will find some coaches/managers try the bring them on board approach and give positions of responsibility to the individual (ie Captian) in a hope that it will "wise them up". this is an approach I feel that will backfire more than it works as I find the lads that work hard and keep their mouth shut don't really like being led by an arsehole/superstar and sets a bad example to the younger more impressionable members of a panel. then when it backfires you the coach can be left looking a bit of a dic and a queue of I told ya so's waiting on your doorstep.


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