Eddie Jones reveals he was left ’embarrassed’ with himself after watching Man City boss Pep Guardiola lead a coaching session at Bayern Munich
England coach Eddie Jones has revealed his ’embarrassment’ at his training style after witnessing Pep Guardiola lead a session.
Jones admires Guardiola’s coaching style and even went to learn from the Man City manager while he was in charge of Bayern Munich.
In an extract from his new autobiography, My Life and Rugby, the former Australia and Japan boss said he learned a lot from studying and listening to the ex-Barcelona midfielder.
“Pep was incredibly generous and gave me a lot of time,” wrote Jones in his book, via The Times. “He also allowed me to watch his training sessions with Bayern Munich.
“It was intriguing because he was coaching some of the best players in the world, and talking to them in various languages, while working with striking intensity.
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“After a routine warm-up he split them into three groups and had them working on concepts of space with relentless focus. One particular session only lasted for 30 minutes but, as they came off for a break, the players were mentally and physically drained. Despite the freezing temperatures, sweat ran down their gaunt faces.
“Pep’s razor-sharp instruction and expectation pushed the players to their limits. But with purpose, intensity and clarity, they had achieved more in half an hour than most teams would in a traditional two-hour training stint.”
“I had also started to structure our training in short concentrated bursts,” Jones added.
Jones, who has been England head coach since 2015, admits Guardiola’s style left him in a daze and his ways felt like that of an amateur in comparison.
“But, rather than feeling proud that Pep and I had the same views, I squirmed at how amateurish my sessions seemed when compared to Guardiola’s sophisticated and intricate coaching patterns.
“I liked the way he could move from coaching the team, talking to everyone in ways that opened their minds, to individualistic moments when he would take a player to one side and show him exactly what he meant. He sometimes even used his hands to move a player physically so there could be no misunderstanding about what they needed to do. It was impassioned and it was inspirational.
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“At the end of a long day, which finished at 7pm, Pep gave me two hours in his office. He talked about space, movement, passing, training and winning.
“I left Munich feeling almost dazed. It was exhilarating to watch, listen to and speak with one of the masters of our profession but, at the same time, it was embarrassing to know how far ahead of me he was.
“Prior to visiting Bayern Munich, I thought I knew something about professional coaching.”
Guardiola said he watched the Rugby World Cup final – which England lost to South Africa – and said he hoped to invite Jones to the Etihad in the future.
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