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Mazzarri and Napoli cohesion

We start with a basic idea, and that is that a team’s performance is most effective if there is agreement on goals and the means to achieve them. This finding is a fundamental part of the concept of cohesion, which is the dynamic process that reflects a team’s tendency to stick together and remain united in pursuit of its goals. Lack of cohesion, in my opinion, has been the problem that Napoli has manifested during Rudi Garcia’s management.

This is because one of the most common problems that occurs in teams when the coach’s goals do not match the team’s goals. Garcia has also failed to find effective ways of communication to get his proposals accepted. It should be obvious how necessary it is for the members of a team to identify with the goals of the coach otherwise what happened happens: the team loses confidence and the coach is exonerated

Mazzarri was faced with a situation in which the players were not satisfied with the role they played in the team, they had lost confidence in the strength of the group, and the negative results were confirming and worsening these negative moods.Garcia’s approach did not include discussion on these issues, which is necessary to manage a team in a winning way. If asked,

I would suggest that Mazzarri introduce moments of discussion on the same issues. It can be concluded that although various approaches can be used to convince individuals of the worthiness of the proposed goals, a system centered on team enhancement will certainly be very effective. In this way, a positive relationship is built between individual motivation and commitment, leading to effective performance and a consequent positive perception of the value of individual contribution to collective work.

The team cohesion is the key factor for a team

Managers are fired on the basis of disappointing results, but there is not always an unambiguous answer to identify the reasons for a team’s negative performance, which in this case corresponds to Napoli. In business, it is well known that the best performance is produced by individuals and teams that are motivated and well paid. In professional teams, economic aspect is not an insurmountable problem while lack of motivation is a serious problem.

The motivation displayed on the field by the team is a representation of the positive or negative coach-player relationship. There are ways to foster it that every manager should be aware of, among them: encouraging participation by listening to the players’ input, rewarding unselfish and cooperative behavior, giving everyone challenging and achievable goals, demanding and encouraging maximum effort and constantly reinforcing it, always supporting the team when it is in trouble while giving maximum effort, spending time to evaluate with the players the effort given in training and games.If this approach is not pursued, it is easy for players to start not playing as well as they know how, reducing their commitment.

Great goals are pursued only in an environment where collaboration on the field is cultivated as a valuable asset. when some significant players feel excluded by the coach usually the whole system rebels, even more so when coming from a prodigious season like the past one. The manager is the absolute leader of the team, but he cannot impose his ideas by using the process of excluding some players.

The women’s national volleyball team is another recent example of this approach. Cohesion, and victories, are not achieved by downsizing the role of key players. This formula of asserting one’s mentality at any cost is a losing example of leadership.

Mazzarri’s pessimism does not help Napoli

The sentences we use always have a meaning, even more have those said by a coach at the end of a game. The last time Napoli did, in the championship, 3 consecutive draws and 2 defeats in the international matches and Mazzarri, its coach said. “Every things run wrong, but if we have two penalties it would be different. I’m sure that the victories will back.” In psychology  we define this approach as a pessimist and it is shown that there is a negative relationship between pessimism and success.

In fact, say “There goes all wrong” is a global assessment that says nothing about how the team played and attribute to the case how are things during the match. Giving importance to the penalties denied, it means taking responsibility away from the players because the victory did not come as a result of  referee’s decisions.

The winning attitude instead puts on show a different way to explain the performance, so the question is: “What/when did we do wrong in that match” and “What should we do differently next game.” In addition, when the latest results are 3 draws and 2 defeats, it is not unlucky and much to do to regain winning attitude that it has often characterized Napoli.

The Naple’s poor determination

The problem is not that Napoli has hardly ever shot on goal or, as has been said in TV by Caressa, the game was changed from two separate episodes. It needs to understand how it has come to these two facts, otherwise we confuse the effects with the causes. Footballers of Naples are certainly committed but obviously not enough. This is because not enough commitment, you also want to get a result. Let me explain. Commitment is a prerequisite without which any discussion on the performance becomes void, but you have to engage with a purpose, otherwise you may only run. This has been my perception of the game of Naples: a lot of effort but not aimed at a result. For example, you have to deal with an opponent and this commitment is the means to achieve the intended purpose, which is to take the ball. In my opinion, part of the responsibility of the coach of Naples in the days before the match against Juventus has been to say that he was tired and he would like to take a rest at the end of the season. But as you can, before such an important match, transmit determination with sentences of this type. Phrases showing that Mazzarri undergoes stress rather than dominate and that affect the belief of the team in its-self. But why does not he think before to speak if what he says is useful to the team?