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Man-Mangagement Has Changed

13 June 2014

Alex boss Steve Davis says he has to get into his players minds more this coming season

Steve Davis has told the club’s official web-site that he will aim to improve his own man-management style after enduring a tough second season in League One. The Alex boss has already gone on record to say that he learned a lot from last season’s real struggle against relegation and appreciates that the modern day footballer has to be managed and coached a bit differently.

The man-management of players has become vital with different individuals expecting different needs and motivations.

Steve told the club’s official web-site: “You are always learning and improving as a manager and a coach and I learnt a great deal from last season. It was a tough season but we managed to produce the goods when we really needed to.

“The players and staff showed that they could handle the pressure. I have learned that man-management has to improve. Different players respond to different things. It is a lot more individualistic than when I played. Some need a pat on the back, others the 'hairdryer' as they say.

“I tend not to use that tactic too much. You have to use it at the right time because a player will switch off if it happens too often. I think it is always better to remain calm and be constructive. As a manager you are looking to instil confidence and motivation into your players. I think our calmness helped us last season.

“You can have a go when the time is right and it is justified. You have to be doing it to have the right impact.

“The one thing I learned from last season is for me to try and get into the minds of players more. I need to be better with that and play to their strengths more.”

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