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As this edition hits desks and doormats, the FIFAWomen’s

World Cup 2019 will be well underway, with Phil Neville’s

Lionesses aiming not only to top their third-place finish in

2015, but to come away victorious.

Having won the SheBelieves Cup earlier this year, the side go to France

emboldened and ready to work their socks off, but Neville knows first hand

there needs to be something to counter the intense pressure of tournament

football. “They need to breathe, to enjoy the experience and create memories

that will last a lifetime,” he says.

Neville leads his players with understanding and empathy, but as we discover

in our cover feature, he has high expectations in terms of professionalism and

work ethic and never dons kid gloves. “Very early on, I explained my vision and

values to the players,” he says. “For six-to-eight months we reinforced our

core messages every day, the standards we expected, the intensity we wanted

in training, our winning mentality.”

Of course, a winning mindset is about more than self-belief and discipline. In our

Perspectives feature we explore just some of the many facets of performance

psychology, with Consultant in Emergency Medicine Chris Turner among those

to give his view. “We need to be compassionate and understanding of one

another,” he says. “That’s so important, because people die in our trauma room

and you can spend hours at night navel-gazing about what you might have done

differently or better.” It’s a sentiment that chimes just as clearly for football

managers; great teams support one another through thick and thin and help to

keep their winning mindsets on track.

As we enter that all-important phase of reflection and reassessment it’s

worth asking whether you’re doing everything you can to engender an all-for-

one mentality among your teammates. Perhaps there are other resources and

approaches you could try that might help them up their game, psychologically

as well as physically.

If you have any thoughts, ideas or feedback on the content here do get in touch.