I remember Steve Black.
He commands an audience, he commands the ENTIRE room, and you end up without any choice but to listen.
I am a Sports coach; I am only sharing this because it is relevant. I coach a Paralympic game called Boccia, played by athletes who are disabled.
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County Durham Sport held a coaching conference at DCCC (riverside), in which there were many different things on offer, I won’t bore you with all of them, one caught my eye was a guy called Steve Black.
I knew who Steve Black was, the whole Falcons Johnny Wilkinson Training/Coaching, pointing the hands etc. so I thought this was one for me.
Getting back to the opening gambit, he commanded the room. Not just because he was talking and people were listening, there was none of the usual hum-drum round the edges you normally get, where a small minority are disinterested and chatting amongst themselves, you didn’t get that when Steve was speaking.
And it wasn’t because he was talking about aliens at a UFO convention, or a new engine at a car show, that is to say it wasn’t the subject that held the attention of the room, it was the man.
And, more so I cannot tell what it is about him that holds your attention, or makes you listen, or actually understand what he is talking about, you just do, he is a coaching shamen?
To relate that to our squad, we have had allegations and accusations about drive, commitment and players going missing etc. maybe Steve Black is the missing link, the motivator, the change that NUFC need. Let’s face it, the get up and go had got up and left long before last season was finished.
I really do rate Steve Black as a coach and mentor, I don’t know what the foreign players will make of him…he is unusual, and different, but maybe, just maybe, that is what this team needs, another person from left field!
Good luck to all of the coaching team this year, and may they provide fruitful results on and off the pitch.
I for one will once again be cheering them all on, Howay the Toon, Howay The TEAM!