Veteran Ghanaian Coach, J.E Sarpong

By John Kwesi Arthur 

Football Writer,

Veteran Ghanaian Coach, J.E Sarpong has advised his colleagues on how to maintain a cordial relationship with their players.

According to the former Kotoko and Hearts of Oak trainer, a good relationship between coaches and players foster unity and helps the work of the coach.

In his interview with Skyy Power FM in Takoradi, Coach Sarpong said it’s not good to chase the girlfriends of your players, else they will gang up against you.

“Some Coaches chase the girlfriends of players and that can break the player-coach relationship,” Sarpong said.

“This can lead to the player and his allies teaming up against the coach and that will breed problems in the team.

“If you relate well with your players, they will feel comfortable telling you about their problems,” he added.

He further added that, the players are matured therefore, there should be mutual respect amongst the coaches and players.

“A coach and his players should ideally have a father-son relationship.
There should be mutual respect.

“The way you approach the player can reflect on his performance.

“You don’t reprimand players openly, they are also matured adults with a families.
It’s best you rebuke them privately.

“I encountered more of these player-coach issues in my career and I was able to handle them without challenges.”

The experienced gaffer had a stint with Kotoko, Hearts, Ebusua Dwarfs, Olympics and other clubs in the country.

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