5 responses

  1. nicky
    11/10/2014

    Of course the FA is the problem, just like FIFA is the problem.
    What was formed many years ago as governing forces in the world’s most participated sport, have now retaliated with infected incompetence and corruption.
    Tony, you rightly draw attention to the dearth of qualified coaching throughout our land as a reason for poverty of success by our national side.
    In my view, it goes further than that.
    In the pre-WW2 years, there was a saying in sport that “a good fighter was a hungry fighter” and the same labelling applied to professional footballers.
    Now, mainly due to global TV (and advertising)in the top echelons of virtually every sport, there is hunger no longer.
    International honours are available without massive effort and while other countries achieve success, the casual, self-effacing attitude of the typical Briton, coupled with ever-increasing financial rewards, has resulted in a distinct lessening of ambition.
    As a consequence, public support has switched quite positively from national to club level, with tribal allegiance well to the fore and it would appear a formidable problem to envisage mutual success.

  2. Pete
    11/10/2014

    Further to my post on the previous thread, as a youth coach, the problems with bringing players through are primarily due to:

    1) Poor quality coaching. The scarcity of UEFA B, A and Pro Licence coaches is testament.

    2) The lack of decent facilities.

    1 can be (partially) addressed through making all the coaching courses free. A really easy step to take! I have also heard that people doing the UEFA B who don’t have any prior professional involvement are looked down on and find it much harder to get through. Jobs for the boys. There is no reason why players who have not had significant careers can not become good coaches – Wenger, Mourinho and Houllier to name but three. I believe the Brentford manager (Warburton) used to be a city broker! But very much the exception.

    2 is more difficult, but, in my view, the Premier League should be dipping much deeper into it’s pockets. That is where the money in the game is – it wouldn’t take much more to hit the FA’s targets – and then some. Also need far more decent quality grass pitches.

  3. Steve Vallins
    12/10/2014

    Back in 1988 I took the FA Preliminary Badge/Course 6 to 10 Sundays 18 started 12 finished 6 passed . The interim course was at least £600 then and a full badge was reserdential at Bisham Abbey . Who can afford the time and expense are the coaching courses abroad subserdised ? Maybe cost is the reason for so little number of qualified coaches or elitism

  4. JohnW
    12/10/2014

    On to other matters, why is Scholes picking on Wilshire? The FA see the problem, but they don’t want to acknowledge that they are part of it. So wht bother with them? Finally, on top of the coaching, even the poor refereeing can have an impact on the National team.

  5. menace
    12/10/2014

    The biggest issue that the FA faces is its appointment of PGMOL to officiate. Officiating must be open, honest, responsible and accountable.

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