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

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


P. Potrac

R.L. Jones

D. Gilbourne

L. Nelson


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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2012-10
Journal Sports coaching review
Print ISSN 2164-0629
Electronic ISSN 2164-0637
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Issue 2
Pages 79-92
APA6 Citation Potrac, P., Jones, R., Gilbourne, D., & Nelson, L. (2012). ‘Handshakes, BBQs, and bullets’: self-interest, shame and regret in football coaching. Sports Coaching Review, 1(2), 79-92. doi:10.1080/21640629.2013.768418
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