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Snake oil salesman or not, ‘coach whisperer’ is a problem

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Back around five years or so ago, I received an email announcing that someone wanted to be my LinkedIn friend (or "connection" or whatever).

Mind games: The so-called coach whisperer Bradley Charles Stubbs with James Tedesco after the Roosters' grand final win last year.

To the absolute best of my memory I hadn’t, before 2014, ever met this person or had any other kind of interaction with him. Yet all of that notwithstanding, I clicked the "accept" button. In the five years which have since elapsed, I’ve still never met the person and I can’t see any reason for that status quo changing.

My LinkedIn friend is one Bradley Charles Stubbs AKA "The Coach Whisperer". Now frankly I’ve got pretty much zero idea as to whether Stubbs is the messiah, a svengali or snake oil salesman straight outta central casting. I’ve got even less of an idea precisely what the job of a "coach whisperer" actually entails. And in one sense it doesn’t actually matter if Stubbs is the real deal or a fascinating, perplexing myth.

For if the likes of the Queensland Origin coach Kevin Walters considers it of good value to put his hand in his own skyrocket to pay for Stubbs’ services, who the hell is anyone else to judge? If Walters thinks it’s all right and of good commercial value to shell out $5500 PER HOUR to Stubbs, in exchange for whatever services, insights and sage advice Stubbs can deliver, best of British to each of 'em. I suppose . . .

Whether Stubbs is a secret weapon in professional, high performance sport, or whether Stubbs has everyone roundly hoodwinked, I just don’t know. By his own admission in a Players Voice piece published in late 2018, Stubbs holds no relevant qualifications.

What I do know though, is that — while it’s good comedy — Stubb’s ain’t exactly........

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