Precision Play: Avram Grant on coaching Ghana

Avram Grant is the coach of the senior national team of Ghana, the Black Stars. The Israeli led Ghana to the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Equatorial Guinea, where the Black Stars lost on a penalty shoot-out to Cote d’Ivoire.

Grant, a former English Premier League boss, notably taking Chelsea FC to the UEFA Champions League final in Moscow in 2008 opened up on coaching one of Africa’s football powerhouses, the Black Stars of Ghana.

Avram Grant said on his coaching job with player from different club background:

‘When you’re dealing with players, you’re dealing with people. Each one of them has good days or bad days. And when you’re the leader, you need to show in the right way.

‘They are coming from 20 clubs with different environment, different tactics different qualities, players that are playing regularly, players not [playing regularly], players after injuries, player not [returning from injuries] , players with very strong mentality and players that need some help about this.

‘For me it’s a job that is very exciting. How to take the best from people because people are not compters; each one is different. And you need to take the best individuals, put them in a team together for one target: winning games.’

Comparing coaching a national team to club football, Avram Grant who has over 40 years of coaching experience outlined the need to get things done in a very short time.

The former Chelsea manager also stressed on the relationship with player and showing them love even when you’re being tough.

The Black Stars coach said:
‘In national team you come for a short time and players come from everywhere. And you need for a short time to put them together. The tactics need to be together, the psychology and everything to put them together to reach the target.

‘They need to know that you come from love. I love my job. I love my team. I came from love They need to know that even if you’re tough on them, you’re like a father that sometimes need to be tough on his children.’

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