There are no Sundays in the sun for the unemployed football coach. Not even Monday. "It's a time to learn," cautions Lucas Alcaraz, who is the active Spanish coach without a team that has led more games since a bench, 721 since before turning thirty, in 1995, put himself at the head of Granada , the team from his city and his heart, who played in Segunda B. Since then he has not spent a blank campaign and hopes not to break that streak now. It is not simple. Each year, more than five hundred new technicians trained to train at the highest level are trained in the classrooms of the different territorial committees. And the access road to the elite is accessed through a narrow passage and out through an ocean. Today there are coaches like Alcaraz, Fran Escribá, Quique Sánchez Flores, Míchel, Víctor Sánchez del Amo …
Escribá started in Valencia's youth soccer, he knew the triumph as second of Quique Sánchez Flores and when he got the chance to be the first coach he found something similar to an ideal destination in Elche, which he promoted to First and made him perform among the great . Now, after going through Getafe and Villarreal, after each of the dismissals, he waits for a destination and allows him to select offers. "This summer I had more than ever, but they did not convince me. The good project is about to come and then I will know, "he explains. Meanwhile he clarifies that he is unemployed, but not unemployed: "The follow-ups are bigger and more precise than when you're working. You see more soccer and you see a lot because you do not know where you're going to finish. " Even until hours. "There are two aspects that have changed the work of the coach and more when you do not have equipment, and they are technology and languages," warns Lucas Alcaraz before going into details: "Now there is access to much more information and when you do not train you are especially active to soak up her. Then the possibility, more and more growing, that you can leave work abroad forces you to prepare especially in languages such as English or French. And to that it applies. Attentive to wits such as the Wyscout or specialized platforms that offer access to all football that can be covered. "In the end, practically every day you identify actions or situations that draw attention and take cuts to keep them because you know that when you have a team they will serve you," Escribá explains.
The daily routine consists of watching football, feeling it, cutting it out and evaluating it, sharing impressions with members of the technical team, who are also in the pits. Alcaraz is divided tasks with his second, Jesus Cañadas. "The contact is permanent to distribute viewings live or on television. We share a dropbox in which we contribute our analyzes of games, players or systems and maintain databases with follow-ups of those players that we like. Also of those we do not like because everything is revisable ", half jokes the Andalusian coach, who understands that his home in Granada is an excellent base because it is halfway between Marbella and the Murcian town of Pinatar, two of the training centers more crowded in preseason or stoppages of leagues that have winter break.
"You go two or three days and you hit a chute of work sessions, but I like to see also training teams of lower categories. You always learn, "says Alcaraz. Write down that idea. "Years ago I was more than now because over time I realized that what interests me most about my colleagues is what I can not see and how it corrects the group of doors inside, the talks or the modifications that are made in the booth . And I find that in conversations that are outside the scope of daily training, "he says.
But football was not always prone to share. There was not always that culture that abounds in other sports of sharing knowledge in clinics or technical meetings. The National School of Coaches is moving in that direction. In June he received 300 of his people in a conference where aspects of planning, analysis, detection of talent and use of technology were addressed. A week ago there were 600 people who gathered in the Ciudad del Fútbol de Las Rozas to attend a continuing training course for coaches with UEFA license, a great sharing in which the exchange of information went beyond the plenaries. "At the hotel I met Pochettino and Manzano and we talked about soccer in the Premier or the Chinese league, but also the days were very enriching and a very nice approach to women's football with coaches and players. This weekend I saw a match in his league, "explains Escribá, who maintains a website in which he shares exercises and tasks and when he lost his job one year ago at Villarreal he spent a few months living in Manchester. "And I learned something as important as tactical level in Spain we are still far ahead", qualifies.
However, coach training is key in a period without a team. Quique Sánchez Flores explained in Las Rozas. "It's a moment of reflection because when you train you see what's yours and what's in front of you, but you can not look any further. Now you look at things that can be adapted or directly copied. " That interior look also implies a self-criticism, Escribá assumes. "You look back because even when the results come out you do bad things that are covered with the marker."
"You can get advantages from a break," says Alcaraz, convinced that the analytical capacity begins with oneself. "The head always revolves about that," he concludes as he waits for fate with an idea, "that you should always be prepared to work." And in that awake vigil Fran Escribá describes the sensations that help her cope. "Tranquility and patience. I am unable to watch a match wanting a teammate to lose. I know that what has to come will do so because not all teams will be in their objectives. The train never knows when it will happen, but I do not expect depending on the category of the team or the project but to feel if I can help it grow. "