A tale I heard
Manager of the men's England football team, Gareth Southgate, on performing with freedom:
"It is very easy for a coach to talk about playing with freedom, but it is much harder for a player to step across the white line and do it. I don't think there is a player, an artist, or actor, who doesn't have a little bit of doubt in their mind - so as the coach you have to constantly provide reassurance.
If you are asking a player to play with freedom and things go wrong you can’t criticise them for doing the things you asked them to. What we say is important, but our actions speak loudly at times; communication and body language on the side of the pitch is so important. Players look for clues - they’re working out if you genuinely believe what you say and whether you will stick to the message when under pressure at critical moments."