Fabian Otte shares memories of his recent experience working as a goalkeeping coach in the Premier League with Burnley when his face lit up at the memory of his special discussion with famous compatriot Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
“He was standing in half line and watching us warm up,” Ote says Sky Sports. “I think he always does it.” It was in May. It was Burnley’s last home of the season.
“Our number three Will Norris was starting. Maybe Jurgen was watching him. Then he looked at me and smiled. Obviously, Jurgen Klopp is a big name, I’ve heard about him, read about him and seen him on television for many years. I just moved back. .
“When I got back into the changing room, Kitman said, ‘Jজrgen Klopp was just asking about you. He said he had read this article about you and was interested.’ Later, I talked to him for a while and he was a great person it was a very interesting experience.
“This is a Liverpool manager. He may have a thousand other good things to do than read about me but he knew a lot of details.
“It’s a very German word but when someone immediately likes being a leader, they call him a People are predators. Literally, it means that someone who eats people is catching people, people only come to him. It made me think.
“If he’s so interested in me, how interested would he be in the staff he hires and works on a day-to-day basis? Instantly, you can imagine following him. That’s a very good leader trait. That’s the back of the job. Learn about people. “
It’s a lesson that Ott is learning on his own because he can be the best coach he can be. His record is already impressive. In addition to Burnley, he has worked in New Zealand, done a PhD, and now, at just 30 years old, he is the goalkeeping coach of Borussia Mচেnchengladbach.
“I notice a slight difference,” he said of the Bundesliga. “In England, no one can watch the training. In Germany, we have 200 fans, sometimes more, watching every session. Two hundred people watch our work on Tuesday morning.
The noise of the match day surprised him. “It’s so loud that you just got gonjamil.” Bayern came to Munich. “They’re much better.” Bare Leverkusen too. “Very fast player.” And Union Berlin? “It’s like Burnley with straight balls and set pieces.”
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Turf Murray’s time as an assistant to experienced goalkeeper coach Billy Mercer was successful. “He was an incredible mentor to me.” He settled in the area with his British girlfriend and expected to stay. But Gladbach had a huge opportunity for the camels.
“There were no plans to return to Germany so soon. The Gladbach thing didn’t come out of nowhere but everyone agreed it was an opportunity I probably couldn’t turn down. Being in charge of the department it was just one step up the ladder to the big club at a young age.”
This is proof to Burnley that one of their staff could go on to play an assistant role there, obviously working with the U23 goalkeepers, leading the goalkeeping division at one of the biggest clubs in the Bundesliga. So, what did he learn at the club?
“What I’ve learned is that if you have a clear structure and good leadership at your disposal – and that means Shawn Deutsch who set up a lot of structures, including the staff around Ian Waugh, Billy Mercer and Steve Stone – you can build for a lot more.
“The players know exactly what the plans are. The club knows how to run things. It gives everyone a sense of security. The club showed by scoring just two points from the first seven games of the Premier League last season. Everyone was so calm.
“I was actually surprised one morning when I went inside. I know that everyone in Germany will be in a state of panic. What are we doing wrong? We have to turn every stone and rethink what we are doing because it can be wrong. Those emotions.
“Instead, everyone at Burnley was calm. They said, ‘Every year we go through a game where we didn’t win. Everyone knows what the plan is.’
“That’s exactly how it worked for us. We’ve won some big matches against Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton in big moments – impressive opponents. The reason is that the structure was so clear and the leadership knew exactly what they wanted to do.
“Every player bought the whole thing and it was bigger than anyone. It’s Burnley’s privacy. It’s from Shawn. Needless to say, he’s such an authority. My only regret is that I didn’t. Meet the fans, it was my problem.” . “
Burnley are seen as one of the most traditional clubs in the Premier League, with more of a British core than many of their rivals. The appointment of a talented young German coach with a PhD and some innovative ideas may seem inconsistent but there was an argument.
“I asked Billy about it and he was great about it. He wanted someone who would think differently of him and work completely differently with how he works with goalkeepers because he felt they needed something new in their building.”
“I know apparently I may not have been a good fit. It may seem like Burnley was the opposite of me at first, but everyone out there was very open to new ideas.”
Ott previously spent time working at Hoffenheim, using tools such as helixes and footbones among the more imaginative clubs in European football. Their goalkeepers even worked with stroboscopic glasses to improve their reaction time.
“German clubs are unique because they try to be very innovative in their thinking and use of technology. We also did psychological diagnostics, studied personality profiles during recruitment. It was a different way to see players and see how you can develop them.”
In New Zealand, where she worked as a goalkeeping coach for the women’s team, she gained insights from the All Blacks, sharing ideas across the sport. “Since it’s a small country, they’re open to it. Talking to rugby and cricket coaches was incredible.
“A hockey coach came to see my session. He didn’t question specific goalkeeping practice, he just questioned my coaching. Why did you ask this question? Why did you emphasize this word and not that word? Why was your body language? This?
“They have a limited number of athletes so they have to think like this and do things a little differently. So far in my career the general team has been working with clubs and people who are ready to challenge the status quo and think outside the box.
“A lot of coaches I just did things the way they always did. I always want to think about whether we’re doing something right when other methods can be more successful. How can we improve our training sessions?
“It’s hard for a coach to accept that the way they have worked over the years may not be the most effective way to change what they do. I will never underestimate experience. But what does science tell us? Why can it?” Shall we merge the two?
“You can’t just say that a coach is just a coach. A coach can be a sports scientist or a psychologist or a teacher or even a father. A coach can be anything. So I want to challenge the status quo to inspire other coaches. To bring. “
Coach education is a long-term passion. Meanwhile, on Saturday evening when he was a visitor to Stuttgart, live Sky Sports.
“It’s a matter of doing a PhD in football. It’s a blue game, so being academic is seen as critical. I never want to stand in front of people and say I’m Dr. Fabian Ote. I think I need to be a more credible coach first.”
In the end, it’s all about working with people. “If I knew anything about cricket or basketball, I would probably enjoy it so much because I love helping people learn.” And for Otte, helping people learn means listening as well as teaching.
“Nick Pope is a good example. I have a good relationship with him and I talk to him every week about goalkeeping and other things. He sends me clips of goalkeepers, sometimes I send him things. We have this really good connection and exchange it.
“I probably learn more from him than from the conversation because he sees things from his experience. He has perspectives that I didn’t consider, accounting for things like fans and pitch conditions. It’s always a two-way street. You can’t see it as a hierarchy.
“It’s all about finding a relationship with the player. If you understand that person, you hit the nail on the head. It sounds sticky but if a player feels open enough to talk to you then how do they feel you did it. A big part of coaching work. “
Maybe Fabian Ott is one People are predators Too.
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