I was reading over a football blog today and I came across a great quote by Roy Keane. To paraphrase, it was something along the lines of, coaches don't make great football players, it's the love affair between a child and a ball that does. That really struck a chord with me. The love affair between a child and a ball. To be great at something you really need to love what you do. I think that no matter how great a coach is, if a player has that love for football, he or she will always reach their full potential. A coaches greatness makes little difference to talented players. However, I think a truly bad coach can have a much greater impact on a talented individual. A poor coach can suck the enthusiasm, fun and motivation out of a talented kid. With very talented young players, it's only the really bad coaches that can make any kind of impact; albeit a negative one. So, you seasoned soccer parents, as long as Little Johnny doesn't get a clueless, monster of a coach then everything should be just dandy!