Getting the best out of young players

Follow Eric Harrison's guide to coaching and help a burgeoning talent fulfill their potential. He did tutor the talents of Becks, Scholes and Giggs after all...

It's fair to say Eric Harrison knows a thing or two about getting the best out of young players. He was the coach, who made his name helping Manchester United's Class of ‘92 that included Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Gary Neville turn their talent into greatness.

Harrison says the job of the coach to build the player's confidence and get them addicted to honing their skills on the training ground - as was the case with G Nev.

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"You've got to get them dedicated to practise," Harrison told FourFourTwo Performance.

"Gary Neville was the least technically gifted player amongst the boys that I brought through, but his dedication to training and practise was unbelievable - he'd never come off the training pitch."

Now, get on the phone and tell your star man to turn off the PlayStation, lace up his boots and get down the park...

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Also see:
Damien Comolli: Get the best out of young players
Building mental strength in young players
Eric Harrison's 3 top tips for young players
How to catch Wenger's eye
Building confidence in young players
Tony Carr: Dealing with a step up in class
Peter Taylor's 3 top tips for young players
Damien Comolli: How to make it as a young player
Tony Carr: Psychology for young players

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