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Greg Dyke are you listening? Matt Whitehouse is your man !
on 19 October 2013
This book is a must read for football coaches & indeed any one who really wants to understand the bigger picture
with regard to English football. Matt Whitehouse has done his research and diagnosed a number of key weaknesses
within the game here. He's then put together a number of solutions both short & long term that I think any sentient
coach with half a brain cell would largely agree with. Astonishingly, the reality is, the powers-that-be are still potentially
decades behind in their thinking. Hopefully they'll hear of Matt Whitehouse's book and read it and resolve to implement
a lot of the suggestions. RE solution 2 "Investment in facilities", all of which is good, I would perhaps go further : from
November to February when the weather goes mental in this country and all the games are cancelled -week after week -
we should all go INSIDE and play futsal.
From foundation (8-11) to youth development level (12-16), be it grass-roots to academy level, we should convert to
indoor futsal leagues. The FA should fund properly qualified futsal coaches who actually know what they're doing -eg
understand the technical and tactical complexity of this format- and start a revolution here that's taken for granted in
countries such as Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Italy (er... arn't these the nations that tend to win the World Cup & produce many
of the top players?) Wake up FA !!!!!!!!! Convert existing facilities and offer them at inexpensive / subsidized prices
as Matt Whitehouse suggests, but why not be even more ambitious with a massive nationwide investment in futsal facilities replete with top futsal
coaches across the country. I'd put this as THE NO 1 SOLUTION full stop. A 1% "talent development levy" on the grossly inflated wages
of premiership players (mostly "foreign") would help pay for it.