‘Handshakes, BBQs, and bullets’: self-interest, shame and regret in football coaching

P. Potrac*, R. L. Jones, D. Gilbourne, L. Nelson

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This autoethnographic story explores the competitive, calculating, and often uncaring world of performance football coaching. Particular attention is given to the dilemmas I (the first author) faced, the choices I made, and the consequences of my actions within the coaching context. Bauman's work on liquid relationships is suggested as a lens through which my story can be viewed. By highlighting its political and emotional nature, this article seeks to contribute to an evolving problematic epistemology of sports coaching; one that seeks to extend beyond continuing rationalistic and ‘heroic’ accounts of practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-92
Number of pages14
JournalSports Coaching Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


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