Category Archives: Sports Psychology Blog

Welcome to the Confidence Coach’s Sports Psychology blog. Here you will find insights on current sporting events, from the perspective of a sports psychology practitioner.

The purpose of this blog, is to get inside the sporting drama…why the player or team do what they they do…their thinking…mindsets…attitudes…their fluctuating state of confidence…and all the other mental and emotional pieces that create the psychology of sports.

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Football: Inter Milan – The Special One!

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It’s the week of the Champions League clash, between Inter Milan and Manchester United. And Milan manager, Jose Mourinho, is making it clear how he sees the game playing itself out, even declaring the Milan formation, and personnel. It’s a typically bold stroke by Mourinho. Showing no fear ahead of a big match. No sense of trepidation. No fear of… Read more »

Football: Chelsea – Life After Jose

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Its the third round FA Cup replay at Roots Hall. Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, has dropped Didier Drogba from the squad. This after a disappointing defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday. With persistent rumours of dressing room unrest, things are clearly not well at Stamford Bridge. The problem for Scolari, as it was for Avram Grant before him, is… Read more »

Football: Sir Alex Ferguson – More Mind Games!

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It’s Sir Alex Ferguson, being interviewed by Sky Sports Geoff Shreeves, after United’s defeat of Chelsea. Shreeves, asks the United manager about Rafael Benitez’s comments at his Friday press conference. Ferguson says that Benitez appears ‘disturbed’ and ‘angry’. Sure enough, the papers the following morning, are loaded with pictures of Benitez, with the headlines ‘disturbed’, written above him. It’s now… Read more »

Football: Rafael Benitez – The Friday Press Conference

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It’s Rafael Benitez’s Friday press conference. It is put to him, that Sir Alex Ferguson, has said that nerves may ruin Liverpool’s title bid. Benitez responds, by drawing a piece of paper from his pocket. On it, are listed Benitez’s accusations, about Ferguson and his attitude to referees, and the fixture list. It’s a response from the Spaniard, that many… Read more »

Darts: Wayne Mardle – Disrespect Me!

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It’s the pre-match interview, and Wayne Mardle, is discussing his forthcoming encounter, with Robert Thornton. Sky Sports Helen Chamberlain, reminds Mardle, that pundit Rod Harrington has queried which Mardle will turn up tonight. Mardle the Entertainer? Or Mardle the Darts Player? Mardle seems none too impressed, when the question is put to him. As if, somehow, his professionalism is being… Read more »

Darts: Phil Taylor – Supreme Confidence?

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Phil Taylor, has dispatched Dutch challenger Michael Van Gerwen, in a second round encounter, at the Alexandra Palace. In his post-match interview with Sky Sports’s Dave Clarke, he is already looking ahead. ‘I’d love to get Barney in the final’, declared The Power. Basically, he is mooting, that only Raymond Van Barneveld, can offer him, the level of challenge that… Read more »

Football: Roy Keane – I Resign!

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So Roy Keane and Sunderland have parted company. The Black Cats home defeat to Bolton Wanderers, being the final straw for the manager. Many pundits will say that, I told you so. That a character as volatile as Keane, was always liable to quit unexpectedly. Once Keane started to publicly question his own ability to manage, then his departure, perhaps… Read more »

Football: Stan Ternent – Sacked!

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So Stan Ternent is sacked as manager of Huddersfield Town. After Saturday’s late win over Crewe, it looked as if Ternent may have bought himself some time. Time to rebuild lost confidence and belief. But, in reality, the writing was on the wall, for the experienced manager, a few weeks ago. After a four goal hiding at London Rd., Ternent… Read more »

Football Psychology: Aidy Boothroyd – Take A Break

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It’s only twenty-four hours, after Aidy Boothroyd, is sacked by Watford, and his name is being linked with the vacancy at Huddersfield Town. Whilst he may make a good manager of the Division One outfit, perhaps the best thing Aidy can do right now, would be a take a break. This talented manager, should try to avoid becoming just another… Read more »

Rugby League: Tony Smith – Calmness In Defeat

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After seeing his team mauled by a rampant Australian side, in Melbourne, one might have expected England coach Tony Smith, to be ‘gutted’ after the match. To be taking defeat personally. Inconsolable and angry. But no. Smith is calm and collected, in his interviews. Down, of course. But with enough clarity of mind, to suggest that he really may be… Read more »