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posted on 05.05.2022, 11:27 by Andrew Thompson, Paul Potrac, Robyn Jones

 This paper examines the micro-political experiences of Adam (a pseudonym), a newly appointed fitness coach at a Football Association Premier League Club, in his search for acceptance by senior colleagues. Data were collected through a series of in-depth, semi-structured interviews, before being subject to a process of inductive analysis. Goffman’s (1959, 1963) writings on impression management and stigma, Ball’s (1987) micro-political perspective, and Garfinkel’s (1967) notion of status degradation are primarily utilised to make sense of Adam’s perceptions and actions. The findings point to the value of developing coaches’ micro-political understandings, and of including their formal facilitation within given professional preparation programmes. Doing so, it is argued, would better equip coaches for the problematic realities of their practice. 

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Published in

Sport, Education and Society

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Citation

Thompson, A., Potrac, P. and Jones, R. (2015) '‘I found out the hard way’: micro-political workings in professional football', Sport, Education and Society, 20 (8), pp.976-994Thompson, A., Potrac, P. and Jones, R. (2015) '‘I found out the hard way’: micro-political workings in professional football', Sport, Education and Society, 20 (8), pp.976-994

Electronic ISSN

1357-3322

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

Cardiff Met Authors

Robyn Jones

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • Sport Coaching

Copyright Holder

© The Publisher

Language

en