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A provocative read,
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This review is from: The Way Forward: Solutions to England's Football Failings (Kindle Edition)
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 league...to 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