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The Way Forward: Solutions to England's Football Failings

The Way Forward: Solutions to England's Football Failings [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Whitehouse
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English football is in a state of crisis. It has been almost 50 years since England made the final of a major championship and the national sides, at all levels, continue to disappoint and underperform. Yet no-one appears to know how to improve the situation.

In The Way Forward, football coach Matthew Whitehouse examines the causes of English football’s decline and offers a number of areas where change and improvement need to be implemented immediately. With a keen focus and passion for youth development and improved coaching he explains that no single fix can overcome current difficulties and that a multi-pronged strategy is needed. If we wish to improve the standards of players in England then we must address the issues in schools, the grassroots, and academies, as well as looking at the constraints of the Premier League and English FA.

Unafraid to speak his mind, Matthew Whitehouse makes a well researched and compelling case for all footballing parties to work together to improve standards and modernise their approach. Improvements need to come from the FA and their work with grassroots football to increase the quality of coaching, as well as from the academies who need to do more in terms of the environments they create for producing elite players. An improvement in scouting, talent identification, sport science, and attitudes is also long overdue.

Unless change is implemented soon, England will continue to exist in the backwaters of international football – enviously watching the likes of Spain, Germany, Holland and others, as they deliver high quality teams that are able to win tournaments.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 552 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bennion Kearny (28 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E7TCMQ0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Germany shows England the way. 21 July 2014
By steve
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A clear and concise account of where English football is going wrong in comparison with our European neighbours. Especially relevant with regard to the recent German World Cup success. Matthew Whitehouse shows the way we could quite easily take lessons from the German model and, if so, it could be England who are World Champions in the not too distant future.
Basically, the Germans have exploited their two strongest characteristics: discipline and organisation, to streamline and reinvigorate their youth development. These also used to be English characteristics but they have gradually disappeared over the years. If we could recover them then there is no reason why we could not emulate the German football achievements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any coach. 28 Feb 2014
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Anyone who is involved with grass roots football should read this book, it highlights everything that's wrong with how we develop our young players and what we should do about it.
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Matt Whitehouse has observed, researched and witnessed first hand the problems facing English football.
He is one of the few to offer a viable solution that touches everyone from the grassroots under six player
taking their first steps in the game to the men in charge at the FA.

The book begins by looking at what is going wrong with English football, why there is a lack of talented
players coming through the ranks. But instead of offering the same knee jerk solutions and the
same old platitudes about what should be done, Whitehouse offers clarity and insight.

Changes have to be made at the top of the FA structure, with the archaic FA Council, that will
trickle down the coaching system. Changes have to be made at the bottom of the pyramid that
will see a greater base of talented English players produced.

What separates this book from the morass is that the solutions Whitehouse proposes
could be implemented very quickly, make complete sense and would be welcomed
by the vast majority of people working within the game, and volunteering at grass roots.

This is a thought provoking, system challenging, ground breaking read.

If you are interested in the game of football in England, buy it.

If you are not, buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A provocative read 11 Sep 2013
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This book will make you think. For any England football fan, coach, administrator, player or armchair supporter it will open your eyes and make you question why England has had relatively little success since 1966, from a country with a huge population and with a passion for the national game.

I don't necessarily agree with everything Matt says in the book, but that doesn't matter. There is so much in the book that it is the general thread that a radical shake up is required if England is ever to succeed again - and win a trophy in my lifetime. We had the "Golden Generation" which won nothing. If we had another golden generation would we again win nothing? Probably, because as Matt suggests they would be stifled of creativity, they would not be allowed to develop game intelligence, they would be encouraged to play long by archaic coaches, and some of them would be too small or born at the wrong time of the year to be "spotted", or their places given to foreign players etc....

All these points are generalisations, but as a coach of youth football and scout all I can do is wholeheartedly agree with Matt on pretty much all the points made in the book based on my own observations. The book looks at the problem area in a holistic way looking at the effects of foreign players, academy player make-up, the EPPP, previous failed attempts to modernise, our history of coaching, current coaching philosophies, jobs for the boys, player recruitment, grassroots, the effects of the premier name a few. Despite being involved in football for years I still learnt a lot from the book.

There is good and bad practice in every village, town and city in England, and Matt's book certainly paints a picture of a way forward that we can only hope Greg Dyke reads and takes heed of.

Read it, it will make you think
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Euro '96 was the last time I got excited about England. There was also, a brief moment, after Sol Campbell's `winner' against Argentina under Hoddle in 1998. Not a big return for a country that plays host to "The World's Greatest League', produced the "Golden Generation" and saw fit to ignore Brian Clough - the winner of two consecutive European Cups - when he applied for the national job. What has been the problem? And crucially, what are the solutions? Thankfully, Matthew Whitehouse has written a comprehensive analysis in this book, `The Way Forward - Solutions to England's Football Failings'.

I was a little sceptical and apprehensive when I first read it. Every time England fail to win a tournament (or reach the semi-final), the written press gloss over the detail of the failure, usually by mocking the manager, and then demand `root and branch' action. The action, usually, is a review of procedure or infrastructure and the resulting report outlines the future; then, we ignore it, because the next tournament arrives and we pretend to have a chance.

Matthew's book is different though; although like Greg Dyke and every other FA boss in recent history, there is a chapter looking at the impact of foreign imports and the lack of English players in the Premier League, it is by no means the sole focus. Instead, he delves down into the evidence, looking at a manager's remit, the transfer premium for the `better' English players and even the failings of the `home grown' quota system.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
must read!!!!
Published 3 days ago by Kenneth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic read which all modern forward thinking coaches will love
Published 7 days ago by brian blackwell
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly wonderful book on the state on English youth development and...
A truly wonderful book on the state on English youth development and the English game in general, Matthew should send a copy to the FA, the Premier league and the Football league... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Damien McArdle
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GAME NEEDS CHANGE.
Matt's research, observations & solutions are of the highest order.
A fantastic read for all coaches from grass roots to the pro game. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Pat Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars £10 to solve England's ailing football
We didn't need a new chairman and an expensive review of what's ailing English football! They could have bought this book for a tenner and acted upon it. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Orange 14
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely the way forward.
This book is a must read for any football fan that cares about the English game.

As a 'country over club' man, I've been craving to see the England National Team achieve... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Luke Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book. Highly interesting to read the views of ...
A great book. Highly interesting to read the views of a clearly knowledgeable man, would recommend it to anyone remotely interested in football or the development of sport
Published 26 days ago by Samantha Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
A must read for everyone who truly wants to make a difference to English football. Has to be on the essential reading list for football coaching courses.
Published 27 days ago by Shona Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars A plan with clarity
The Way Forward addresses the challenges facing English football and leaves no stone unturned. Astonishing that this is not part of the FA commission! Read more
Published 28 days ago by Lee Hurrell
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