Celtic manager Ronny Deila has been quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times explaining why he’s not proactive in punishing players for mistakes after games.
It’s common for managers to lay into players after poor performances, but it’s not a tactic that Deila likes using, preferring to take a more measured and arguably more intelligent approach.
“What has been done, you cannot do anything about that. To punish them is not the right way,” said the boss.
“They have to understand themselves what they are doing and why they are doing things.”
“The stupidest thing as a leader is to go after them and punish them. This kind of leadership has gone now.”
One of the only ways for players to improve their general performances and specific areas of their game is if they are given the space and freedom to work on what they feel are their own weaknesses.
It’s a case of common sense. The manager will step in if a player isn’t picking up on an error, but there’s no point beating a sensitive star with a stick if he shows that ability to correct errors and make up for mistakes.
Confidence and belief in players can dip if they are heavily criticised over an issue, unless it is fully justified and deserved.
Deila has to be very careful over how he goes about the rest of the season with his team chasing an important treble.
He needs to keep all of his players happy to help them maintain their effectiveness and can then lay into them if he feels he needs to at a point where there’s significantly less pressure.