How to control 'emotional' PSL coaches

Premiership

The PSL is aware that coaches often make ill-judged statements in the heat of defeat and are mulling over how to fix a tricky problem.

The first three months of the 2019/20 Absa Premiership season have seen some dramatic post-match interviews from coaches.

One of the main causes of emotional post-match interviews has been poor officiating and the likes of Pitso Mosimane, Benni McCarthy, Steve Komphela and Owen Da Gama are all facing disciplinary action for their comments after matches.

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PSL acting CEO Mato Madlala feels sorry for coaches and feels maybe delaying post-match interviews can help them manage their emotions better.

"Football is a game of emotions. You can go to the change-rooms insulting people, like for example when you are in the stadium and your team loses to an offside goal or they deny a penalty, because of emotions you can go to the field and hit the referee," Madlala admitted.

"So sometimes maybe as the League we should review this thing of coach interviews straight after matches because emotions that time are very high.

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"I'm just thinking out loud. It hasn't been discussed by the League. They [coaches] end up saying things they may regret when they look at the repeats."

Madlala also understands that it may be difficult to implement a delay in interviews because of television broadcasters who have to cross live during and after the matches for reaction.

"Sometimes you say things out of emotions. If you ask them the same question the following day they can give you a different response because of the calmness.

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"So maybe we need to give them time to process their emotions after the match to cool down. But also the challenge is broadcasters have to cross live so it needs a balance because anger may be hard to manage."

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