‘I found out the hard way’: micro-political workings in professional football

Thompson, Andrew, Potrac, Paul and Jones, Robyn (2015) ‘I found out the hard way’: micro-political workings in professional football. Sport, Education and Society, 20 (8). pp. 976-994. ISSN 1357-3322

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This paper examines the micro-political experiences of Adam (a pseudonym), a newly appointed fitness coach at a Football Association Premier League club, in his search for acceptance by senior colleagues. Data were collected through a series of in-depth, semi-structured interviews, before being subject to a process of inductive analysis. Goffman's writings on impression management and stigma, Kelchtermans's micro-political perspective and Garfinkel's notion of status degradation are primarily utilised to make the sense of Adam's perceptions and actions. The findings point to the value of developing coaches’ micro-political understandings, and of including their formal facilitation within given professional preparation programmes. Doing so, it is argued, would better equip coaches for the problematic realities of their practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Impression management, Micro-politics, Sports coaching, Stigma
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2018 13:53
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 10:02
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/35113

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