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Goat backs Dickov the boss for success

  • 09 June 2010 14:43
  • Posted by Tim Oscroft

New Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov has been backed to be a success by one of his old City cohorts.

Shaun Goater partnered the combative Scot for the Blues over several years and is taking his first steps into the world of coaching himself. The Bermudan is currently on a course to attain his UEFA ‘A’ licence and from what he knows he is convinced that Dickov will be able to make the transition into management.

“In management, you not only have to be a coach but a teacher,” Shaun told today. “Communicating things is very important, so players really understand and execute what you are asking them to do.

“If they are unable to then you have to bring someone in who can. What Paul has is the ability to make harsh decisions with no emotions attached. He will be able to say to a player ‘you’re dropped, it’s nothing personal but we’re moving on and someone else has to come in’. That is a quality that you need in management and Paul can make that flip.

All top managers have to have that ability to be able to tell a player they are being rested, even if they have scored in their last six games! That’s a quality he will need as well as all calling on all his experience as a player.

...The Goat on Dickov

Dickov is not hanging up his boots just yet and will make himself available as a player, but does The Goat think his former team-mate will be able to make decisions with a cool head in the heat of battle?

“That’s what he’ll need,” adds Shaun. “He may well become a manager that’s very different to his character as a player. He was a very fiery and honest player, and that’s the least he will expect from his players. He will want them to be passionate and have that honesty with each other, but as a manager he will realise there are times when you need to be a leader.

“Players will look to you, and if you are kicking bottles around or having a go at the referee then the players may think, ‘I can do that’. It’s a balancing act he will have to come to terms with but I certainly think he has a lot of the qualities that he will need as a manager.”

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