What is the secret to man-management in football?

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Harry Redknapp, Alex Ferguson, José Mourinho, Jürgen Klopp and Rafa Benítez have different approaches. What works?By Ben Welch for The Set PiecesManagers devise training sessions, draw up complex tactical plans, manage multimillion-pound budgets, field challenging questions from the world’s press, shoulder the pressure of the club’s fanbase – and yet, when it comes to managing human beings, some of them struggle. Why? Because relationships are complicated.Players have distinct personalities, shaped by their unique upbringings, and they have egos and entourages. The best managers find the right balance between being tough on players and sensitive to their needs. “Dealing with different personalities is the hardest thing about management,” says the former Brighton manager Micky Adams, who led the club to successive promotions at the turn of the century. Continue reading...

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