Miguel Ángel Ramírez was sacked by Charlotte FC. The club had only 18 games, a project of the same owner as the Carolina Panthers (NFL) and played the first Major League Soccer in 2022. The results were not good: only 7 wins and one loss, in 3 to 1, in the round of 16 of the USA Cup final.
Miguel Ángel Ramírez Inter coach – Photo: Ricardo Duarte/Disclosure, Inter
Notice how Ramirez also did poorly at Internacional, where he was sacked after 100 days and failed to beat Gauchão. With this in mind, the question remains: how can a coach be considered the best in America after winning the Sudamericana with Del Valle with such bad jobs?
It’s worth thinking about this question another way: what if Ramirez was the same, with the same qualities, but what had changed was the processes and organization of the three clubs where he used to be?
This question brings a much -needed reflection on Brazilian football. One of the most serious mistakes when we talk about coaches and their jobs is to think that everything the coach does and the results he achieves is the result of his individual quality. of his internal competence. To your talent. From your touch to Midas when changing and sending the team to the field. Just look at how Jorge Jesus was treated for a few months at Flamengo, like a real messiah.
It’s really individual and even the mythical look is wrong. It ignores the fact that technicians do not work alone. In addition to the teaching staff, they will answer to a football president or director. They are part of a real web that employs a lot of people, from nutritionists and communication people. Speaking only of field work, the coach is not alone. He can make decisions, but he is surrounded by people who help him coach the team, choose who will go on the field, help shape a model of the game (a style), develop players and many more.
Everything you read is called context. The Trainer environment. If a technician arrives with a lot of support, coordinators and directors trained to evaluate his work and a very clear organization, with goals and objectives to be achieved, his work in the field can be even better, because in addition to “improving” the person evaluating him or her, it also receives reinforcement in many areas, such as physical preparation, performance analysis and so on.
This is what happened in Independiente del Valle, where Ramirez was successful. Founded in 2007 by businessman Franklin Tello, the club was born as SAF (Sociedade Anônima) and has the purpose of training young people, with two objectives: to supply the core group and to generate external sales. nasud. To achieve the goal, general structure the base categories: everyone plays the same way on the main team. A commission of analysts examined who was most willing to progress from category to major.
Ramírez arrived to coach the under-18 team, still in 2018. He arrived accredited at Aspire Academy, a league for coaching coaches that aims to develop and find young players and have Position Game as its base philosophy, which you have read so far. many times here on the blog. When Ismael Rescalvo joined Emelec in 2019, Ramirez replaced the first team for several reasons: he followed the same approach, he already knew the players and could bridge the gap between base and professional. .
A different club for the reality of South America, but very similar to the reality where I come from. And here’s the paradox of the matter. It’s a different club for the reality of South America: it’s a reality that’s not easy, where clubs don’t swim in money, aren’t very organized and don’t pay attention to training. And I found a club that was similar to the one I was at. In terms of structure, philosophy, methodology and has a strong training study.
– Renato Paiva, Portuguese coach at Del Valle
With all the processes chewed, is Ramirez “good” at himself, or is he just looking for a club that speeds up his work? What gives him greater conditions to focus on what he really knows, and leave what he doesn’t know to other people? What gives you a context that accelerates your energy as a professional?
The questions were answered Internationally. His work lasted 100 days and he had no results or performance. Ramirez is the same as in Del Valle’s days. What has changed is exactly the environment: an old squad, far from the base formation; a club with structured categories, but still not many “bridges”. The context requires different skills, such as leadership, flexibility, politics …
Schizophrenia in Brazilian football
Not looking at the club context and throwing everything behind the coach’s ability or “talent” creates a schizophrenia that is fed daily for months, by fans and even by the managers themselves: a cycle of dismissals and blaming the indebted clubs and no longer getting anything. well, just lose and lose a lot.
A clear example is the arrival of Tiago Nunes in Corinth. In January 2020, and Tiago Nunes was considered the best coach in Brazil after the success of Jesus and Sampaoli. He was hired for his work at Athletico, where he won the Copa do Brasil and the Sudamericana, playing a purposeful and attractive football. At the time, the Corinthians were urging for a game with more possession.
Tiago Nunes, Ceará – Photo: Kid Júnior/SVM
Nunes accepted Luan as a top salary and praised the quality of his training. But it came to the squad’s controversy with many changes, some of them sudden, such as scheduled meal times, banning CT visits and not warning those involved or not for the game. At Paulistão, he tried to change the form of the team – and the reason he couldn’t was start the sentence: only 19 games for Paulistão, with a squad he didn’t put together.
If Tiago Nunes was good, why didn’t he succeed in the Corinthians and then in Grêmio and Ceará? He’s not good and then becomes bad, and if he wins the next day, he’ll be good again. It is the context that has changed. It’s worth remembering that, like Ramírez, Nunes came to CAHP to train first at base and then went professional. I’ve been at a club that has played the same way for many years, with players from base and being hired because of that model of play.
No coach after Tiago Nunes has been successful with Corinthians. Mancini and Sylvinho were found guilty. Vitor Pereira starts to get shocked and is always questioned (even if he’s Portuguese). Who is to blame for the club’s inability to organize processes like the time of Mano Menezes and Tite?
Processes are more important than a person
The success of a coach is entirely related to the process he or she is involved in. Good technicians do a bad job when they are in a chaotic and foggy environment. Bad coaches do good jobs when they are in an organized environment with clear processes and purpose.
Therefore, it is unreasonable to think that the coach is always good or bad, or that it changes according to the consequences. Rogério Ceni was the best coach in Brazil at the time he came to Flamengo and became the “joke” of his departure. Felipão was good when he won the Brazilian and became bad after reaching Grêmio. Have you noticed that it doesn’t change? Blame comes and goes, the arguments are the same …
The lesson is: we should talk less about people and more about processes.