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Strategies for Maintaining the Coach–Analyst Relationship Within Professional Football Utilizing the COMPASS Model: The Performance Analyst’s Perspective

Bateman, Michael and Jones, Gareth (2019) Strategies for Maintaining the Coach–Analyst Relationship Within Professional Football Utilizing the COMPASS Model: The Performance Analyst’s Perspective. Frontiers in Psychology, 10 (2064). ISSN Online: 1664-1078

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There is a considerable body of research by that has investigated the coach– athlete relationship in sport. However, given the multi-disciplinary nature of modern elite coaching, there is a scarcity of research focusing on the relationship between coaches and other members of the coaching and support team. This study examined the perceptions of six elite professional football analyst’s relationships with their respective coaches. Semi structured interviews utilizing the COMPASS Framework were conducted focusing on Conflict, Openness, Motivation, Preventative Strategies, Assurance, Support, and Social Networks. The results verified that the COMPASS Model of relationship maintenance was applicable to this dyad. Content analysis indicated that there was 215 raw data units comprising of 16 higher order themes across the model which was further broken down into 29 lower order themes. All aspects of the model were found to contribute toward a positively maintained relationship. Having an open relationship underpinned by honesty and being able to provide an opinion was seen as the highest rated attribute that was closely followed by supporting the coach by understanding their requirements for successful coaching practice. Not meeting the coach’s expectations was found to cause conflict and was further highlighted by an inductive analysis that revealed the existence of a relationship that is fundamentally dictated by the coach. Implications of this investigation are that professionals which support elite performers need to set out clear expectations of working practice and hierarchies in order to minimize the chance of internal conflict that can impact on the service levels received by the performer.

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Copyright © 2019 Bateman and Jones. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: sports performance analysis, relationship maintenance, elite sport, soccer, coach, analysts, power relationships
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Copyright Info: Open access article
Depositing User: Michael Bateman
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2019 09:31
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2021 13:03

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