England manager, Gareth Southgate, explains why empathy and empowerment are key to his coaching approach.
Gareth Southgate believes that giving ownership and building positive and open relationships with his players can help England develop into a team who can compete with the best in the world.
"I like players to have responsibility; to think about what we are asking them to do, to have an opinion on the way we are asking them to play and the way we are asking them to train,” explained Southgate to The Boot Room, when describing his coaching approach.
“I think if the players have some ownership of what’s going on then that's going to help them make better decisions on the field and also buy into the way that we are trying to progress.”
And the 46-year-old, who took charge of the Three Lions senior team in November 2016 after three years guiding the U21s, believes that developing positive and strong relationships with the players is the foundation for greater ownership and empowerment.