- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Bennion Kearny Limited (10 July 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1909125199
- ISBN-13: 978-1909125193
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.3 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Way Forward: Solutions to England's Football Failings Paperback – 10 Jul 2013
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Originally published in 2013, ahead of the World Cup woe, this study of England’s football failings and suggestions for a way forward makes for even more pertinent reading in the wake of the 2014 World Cup disappointment. It also mirrors the fact that the English FA set up a task force in 2013 to look at this very subject and suggest plans for the future. A very topical publication indeed.
Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of where Whitehouse, a professional football coach, feels England are going wrong. From the Premier League and its effects, the flawed methods of Allen Wade and Charles Hughes, the lack of facilities and qualified coaches as compared to other European countries, errors in talent identification and skewed priorities, and everything in between. This is a thorough and brutal look at the whole range of areas where England are going wrong.
Some chapters go into a fair level of depth; notably the one looking at the reasons for and the impact of Charles Hughes’ blueprint for English coaching and playing methods. Some other chapters are rather briefer reaching their conclusion and statements of intent a bit early, but given the wide ranging view being taken here it would be overkill to have delved too deeply into each aspect, so a happy balance has been found by Whitehouse.Read more ›
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.
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
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book supposedly sets out to provide solutions to England's football failings but if that is what you are looking for then in my opinion you frankly will be very disappointed... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J R
For anyone with an interest in the future of the beautiful game, this is a must read. Matt's insightful views and experience delivers a blueprint to save our game from mediocrity. Read morePublished 12 months ago by DD
This a very good book and most definitely worth a read. The introduction is very interesting when the author talks about England developing a system that was opposite to the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tyrone Reid
I won this book in a competition. I have to say I don't usually read, but this book I could not stop. Read morePublished 19 months ago by daren
A really interesting read, covering a variety of topics that highlight all that needs looking at if England's future teams are to prove successful. Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2014 by Daniel Bent
Riveting reading I read the book cover to cover in one day. It is a piece of all encompassing work backed with high levels of good research which offer a true insight to the... Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2014 by Andrew Williams
For anyone who has concerns over the state of English football this is a must read. For years now I have been banging on about the issues we have in English football and it is... Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2014 by MR MWT TOPP