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Suzanne Geldard column: England need a new mindset, not a new manager

Lancashire Telegraph: Roy Hodgson Roy Hodgson

IT was once ‘Football’s Coming Home’. Now England are coming home, with the tails of the Three Lions between their legs.

Although events of 1966 were mirrored this year (Austria winning Eurovision, Real winning the European Cup, Atletico winning La Liga, and a team coming back from 2-0 down to win the FA Cup) there was no real expectation for Roy Hodgson’s blend of experience and youth to return with the World Cup.

The least we expected, though, was to progress through the group stages, not be out of the competition with one game to spare, and now a two-year wait for the Euros to see if any lessons have been learned from Brazil.

But while some have been calling for Hodgson’s head, a change of manager is not the answer. English football needs a change of mindset, to do away with vast quantities of rules and regulations (often rules for rules’ sake) and get back to basics: coaching kids, nurturing our young talent and putting them on a pathway to professional football.

There is little chance of that happening in the current climate, and that is before we even broach the subject of Greg Dyke’s B team dream.

The Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) – a youth development scheme initiated by the Premier League – was accepted by the 72 member clubs of the Football League almost three years ago.

The aim was to allow clubs more coaching time with their young players, but all it seems to have encouraged is more paperwork rather than footwork.

Up to 10 different factors are considered for grading academies on a Category status of one to four (1 being the most elite), including productivity rates, training facilities, coaching, education and welfare provisions.

Burnley are preparing for the Premier League, to compete with English football’s elite. It is a nonsense that their proposed Category 3 status, already modest in comparison with the first team, should be hanging in the balance because of the dimensions of their indoor facility.

The existing former leisure centre and Centre of Excellence at Turf Moor was converted for indoor training purposes but falls marginally short of the specified 60 yards by 40 yards measurements.

Surely that is not more important than the quality of coaching on offer.

But that brings me to another dilemma.

It seems UEFA qualifications are no longer enough for coaches. FA youth modules are also taken into account – not by all clubs, but Burnley are among them and this has led to vastly experienced coaches with a track recorded of brining players through the system being overlooked for jobs.

As with the NHS and nursing, education and teaching, in football administration has gone into overdrive and detracted from what is really important. Coaching.

Take EPPP’s ‘performance clock’, for example, which notes every kick, shot, save, cough, spit and splutter from the age of under nines to U11s, with reviews every 12 weeks. For U12s to U18s assessments are every six weeks.

Why put them under such scrutiny and stop them from enjoying the beautiful game and finding their way like the class of ’66 did?

Until we get rid of the mass of red tape, and switch the emphasis from laptops and presentations back to football fields, there is no hope for progress.

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2:53pm Thu 26 Jun 14

In Venkys we Trust says...

England need a new manager, not a new mindset.

Shameful.
England need a new manager, not a new mindset. Shameful. In Venkys we Trust
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3:15pm Thu 26 Jun 14

oracle says...

Did mr dyche not impress the board with a desktop presentation
Did mr dyche not impress the board with a desktop presentation oracle
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3:59pm Thu 26 Jun 14

TurfMoorTom says...

"It is a nonsense that their proposed Category 3 status, already modest in comparison with the first team, should be hanging in the balance because of the dimensions of their indoor facility. "

Rules are there for a reason and you can't bend them for your own gratification. Please just recognise that Bumley FC is a p!sspott of a club and that is highlighted by this status.

"finding their way like the class of ’66 did? " There's progress for you which would make us very competitive I'm sure. Wise words. Can't believe someone gets paid to write this tosh.
"It is a nonsense that their proposed Category 3 status, already modest in comparison with the first team, should be hanging in the balance because of the dimensions of their indoor facility. " Rules are there for a reason and you can't bend them for your own gratification. Please just recognise that Bumley FC is a p!sspott of a club and that is highlighted by this status. "finding their way like the class of ’66 did? " There's progress for you which would make us very competitive I'm sure. Wise words. Can't believe someone gets paid to write this tosh. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -5

4:18pm Thu 26 Jun 14

McClaret says...

Many reasons why England have come home at this stage:
Obvious ones................
......
Can't keep the ball and control the midfield
Poor finishing
Not as good as their opposition
Tactically unaware
etc etc etc seriously it was a tough group, I for one expected we would not make it and am aware of many others who thought similar.

The one that does it for me is what is touched on above when it is believed that to be a good player it is all about coaching. If every coach earns the same badges and has the same methodology then what we are producing is the same standards time and time again.
What we need to be doing is nurturing ability and talent but in the modern era when the only players to play at top level have started at these so called all singing and all dancing academies then I fail to see where the next Gazza will come from. It is like robotic football watching the English talent line.
Too often players are taught to pass when they could show innovative skill to beat an opponent but that is deemed as too dangerous as you may give the ball away and give the opposition a chance. Therefore your only option is to pass your way around another team. How often do we achieve that?
Prozone was actually achieved by the total football of the early 70's when players at Ajax were allowed to play in all positions of the field in training and therefore learned how to play in many different positions. If you lost the ball you had a covering player who took up your role. The fundamental difference now is players are coached to play in their part of the pitch and not elsewhere.
Rooney was raw talent at 16 and burst on the scene at 18 in the Euros with 4 goals and looked like a world beater. What happened to him is the other reason why we are so talent-less and that is the number of foreign imports in our national league. He had just had his best ever season scoring over 25 goals when Fergie bought RVP and shoved him out wide left where he has been rotting since. When this happens time and time again what hope is there for our national team.
Rules and regulations, yes you have to have them, coaching the natural talent out of players according to a coaching manual, no thank you.
Many reasons why England have come home at this stage: Obvious ones................ ...... Can't keep the ball and control the midfield Poor finishing Not as good as their opposition Tactically unaware etc etc etc seriously it was a tough group, I for one expected we would not make it and am aware of many others who thought similar. The one that does it for me is what is touched on above when it is believed that to be a good player it is all about coaching. If every coach earns the same badges and has the same methodology then what we are producing is the same standards time and time again. What we need to be doing is nurturing ability and talent but in the modern era when the only players to play at top level have started at these so called all singing and all dancing academies then I fail to see where the next Gazza will come from. It is like robotic football watching the English talent line. Too often players are taught to pass when they could show innovative skill to beat an opponent but that is deemed as too dangerous as you may give the ball away and give the opposition a chance. Therefore your only option is to pass your way around another team. How often do we achieve that? Prozone was actually achieved by the total football of the early 70's when players at Ajax were allowed to play in all positions of the field in training and therefore learned how to play in many different positions. If you lost the ball you had a covering player who took up your role. The fundamental difference now is players are coached to play in their part of the pitch and not elsewhere. Rooney was raw talent at 16 and burst on the scene at 18 in the Euros with 4 goals and looked like a world beater. What happened to him is the other reason why we are so talent-less and that is the number of foreign imports in our national league. He had just had his best ever season scoring over 25 goals when Fergie bought RVP and shoved him out wide left where he has been rotting since. When this happens time and time again what hope is there for our national team. Rules and regulations, yes you have to have them, coaching the natural talent out of players according to a coaching manual, no thank you. McClaret
  • Score: 8

5:23pm Thu 26 Jun 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

The whole of Burnley football club is category 3 status, we truly belong in division 1 and, with the correct signings that's where we will end up. Sordell and Dawson will be a move in the right direction. The more Dyche tinkers with Howes winning side, the better it gets. Stanislas moving to the bigger club in Bournemouth who are category 2 so belong where they are.
The whole of Burnley football club is category 3 status, we truly belong in division 1 and, with the correct signings that's where we will end up. Sordell and Dawson will be a move in the right direction. The more Dyche tinkers with Howes winning side, the better it gets. Stanislas moving to the bigger club in Bournemouth who are category 2 so belong where they are. AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -11

8:18pm Thu 26 Jun 14

slants says...

another reason is that you have too play for one of the top 4/5 teams or you don't get in also to join an academy etc you need to be a managers son or a footballers son or a directors son etc etc etc alla Becham and Mourinho at fulham .Chamberlain and lampard etc in the useless english team the list is endless too many to list.
At ;east i won a lot of money by backing england to finish bottom and not win a game happy days.
another reason is that you have too play for one of the top 4/5 teams or you don't get in also to join an academy etc you need to be a managers son or a footballers son or a directors son etc etc etc alla Becham and Mourinho at fulham .Chamberlain and lampard etc in the useless english team the list is endless too many to list. At ;east i won a lot of money by backing england to finish bottom and not win a game happy days. slants
  • Score: -2

9:07pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Chris P Bacon says...

slants wrote:
another reason is that you have too play for one of the top 4/5 teams or you don't get in also to join an academy etc you need to be a managers son or a footballers son or a directors son etc etc etc alla Becham and Mourinho at fulham .Chamberlain and lampard etc in the useless english team the list is endless too many to list.
At ;east i won a lot of money by backing england to finish bottom and not win a game happy days.
Any chance you could sober up and try and post some form of coherent English so we have some kind of idea what it is you are trying to say there, 'slants'?
[quote][p][bold]slants[/bold] wrote: another reason is that you have too play for one of the top 4/5 teams or you don't get in also to join an academy etc you need to be a managers son or a footballers son or a directors son etc etc etc alla Becham and Mourinho at fulham .Chamberlain and lampard etc in the useless english team the list is endless too many to list. At ;east i won a lot of money by backing england to finish bottom and not win a game happy days.[/p][/quote]Any chance you could sober up and try and post some form of coherent English so we have some kind of idea what it is you are trying to say there, 'slants'? Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 0

11:26pm Fri 27 Jun 14

noddy57 says...

In Venkys we Trust wrote:
England need a new manager, not a new mindset.

Shameful.
At last the penny has finally dropped. England have been dire for decades and all those plonkers who thought otherwise are as deluded as one can get what does Greg Dyke know about football ?. he is clueless as the rest of the F A. get shut of the lot from the F A the manager and half the old fogies still being touted as world class. listen!! we are a shambles and it needs to be said and then sorted asap.
[quote][p][bold]In Venkys we Trust[/bold] wrote: England need a new manager, not a new mindset. Shameful.[/p][/quote]At last the penny has finally dropped. England have been dire for decades and all those plonkers who thought otherwise are as deluded as one can get what does Greg Dyke know about football ?. he is clueless as the rest of the F A. get shut of the lot from the F A the manager and half the old fogies still being touted as world class. listen!! we are a shambles and it needs to be said and then sorted asap. noddy57
  • Score: 0

9:44pm Mon 30 Jun 14

slants says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
slants wrote:
another reason is that you have too play for one of the top 4/5 teams or you don't get in also to join an academy etc you need to be a managers son or a footballers son or a directors son etc etc etc alla Becham and Mourinho at fulham .Chamberlain and lampard etc in the useless english team the list is endless too many to list.
At ;east i won a lot of money by backing england to finish bottom and not win a game happy days.
Any chance you could sober up and try and post some form of coherent English so we have some kind of idea what it is you are trying to say there, 'slants'?
quite obvious then moron who failed English if you cant read that post.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]slants[/bold] wrote: another reason is that you have too play for one of the top 4/5 teams or you don't get in also to join an academy etc you need to be a managers son or a footballers son or a directors son etc etc etc alla Becham and Mourinho at fulham .Chamberlain and lampard etc in the useless english team the list is endless too many to list. At ;east i won a lot of money by backing england to finish bottom and not win a game happy days.[/p][/quote]Any chance you could sober up and try and post some form of coherent English so we have some kind of idea what it is you are trying to say there, 'slants'?[/p][/quote]quite obvious then moron who failed English if you cant read that post. slants
  • Score: 0
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