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Time for change

Time for change

Skysports.com's Chris Harvey puts forward his five-point plan for transforming England's international fortunes.

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Rob Williams (Manchester United fan) says...

I grew up in the 80's in Manchester and back then the kids had youth clubs. They weren't great they could of been much better but it was a start. Now especially in places like Manchester there are not much around. I spent 6 years in North London and there are sports activities all over the area. Now I have lived in several other cities and they also lack the facilities and man power. Now directly this will not win England the world cup but everying needs a base and this is something that the FA have been talking about since the prem started. I am hoping to start a degree in September at the MMU in Sports development if my place isn't scraped due to government cut backs. This is partly fuelled because Manchester and other cities in the UK do lack the people to get these facilities and to get the kids away from the off license and putting there talents to good use. If the FA are sincere about making a difference at the bottom is where they need to start.

Posted 11:42 2nd July 2010

Barry Armstrong (Carlisle United fan) says...

I think the media reaction has been out of order and way over the top.No wonder Ashley Cole hates this country after the vicious bile spouted in our newspapers. So we played badly and were well beaten. It happens sometimes, get over it.

Posted 04:55 1st July 2010

Sansa N/a (Arsenal fan) says...

Organised soccer does not help kids develop real football skills. Playground football is the best place for young kids to develop their ball possession, dribbling and control skills. England lacked a real midfielder with that dribbling skill at FIFA 2010. Long balls are limited in effectiveeness. You need someone to break defences down with dribbling skills and through ball passes. Jack Wilsher is an example of footballer with that skill. Signing kids to play at 10years into organized football takes away from them delevoping natural dribbling skills.

Posted 00:16 1st July 2010

Peter Castell (Wolverhampton Wanderers fan) says...

Some good ideas in the article however Trevor Brooking is one people at the top that should be moved out .The blame lies with the people at the top of the Premier League and the FA that have been in these positions for years they have had plenty of time to improve things they failed. Time for a clearout at the top get rid of these fatcats and get some new blood in with fresh ideas.

Posted 23:44 30th June 2010

Graham Kearns (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

The FA need to be innovative and modern and embrace these freestyle/futsal types of football kids are learning and bring the skills these kids have from the street back to the football pitch. Our kids have the technique and they are developing it by themselves through watching youtube! But as Chris Waddle says, we coach the skill out of them! We can use that technique and develop it on the pitch to improve them as players. They should use that guy Billy Wingrove at Spurs

Posted 22:22 30th June 2010

Angel Disouza (Liverpool fan) says...

Some good ideas here that will never work. Why? Quite simply.. arrogance. We can give the Germans a run for their money on that front for sure. You see, we are too good. We won the World Cup in '66. Dont the other nations of the world understand.? We are the best and how dare they challenge that. We won the war. We've an Empire to run.

Posted 21:49 30th June 2010

Nick Roberts (Chelsea fan) says...

unfortunately the hoof and chase is the game our football supporters love,and the game the media thinks we should be playing. The FA do not encourage skills and neither do the clubs. The prime example is the hero worship of Bryan Robson, as good as he was; but the more technically gifted like glen hoddle were seen as a luxury. Europe wouldhave had glen as the hero.

Posted 21:01 30th June 2010

D Sahota (Liverpool fan) says...

I am a female football supporter, and I have been supporting Liverpool since 1984. I have been shocked and upset as anyone who has been supporting the England 'lads' and angry at how they have performed in this world cup. I have read everybody's comments and I believe firstly there are too many foriegn managers involved in English football. These managers would prefer to spend their cash on very cheap/very expensive foriegn players rather than giving English talent a chance. Puttng a cap on foriegn players joining our clubs would also create home grown talent. Would the likes of Man u, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool win European cups with just English players? I work as a Primary School teacher and I see alot of young talented children who would probably, given the chance, give John Terry and Rooney a run for their money, but after they leave primary their is no adequate training or support unless these children live near specialised training centres! This needs to change, they need much more support in school. Most importantly, football players in this country are paid too much money, everybody realises this everybody comments on this but the FA still do nothing. Until this vital part of football is changed we will never have the fire and capability to win any international competitions. This is why Italy and France were knocked out so early. We can use all sorts of excuses but the FA need to take there overpaid heads out of the clouds and listen to the fans, we are the ones that are let down time and time again! Lastly we can go on about the technical and tactical side of football, but football is football you kick a ball you pass you score, I see this day in day out with children at my school, they show passion, belief and fire. They show belief in each other and their coach, this is all we need from grass routes all the way through to International level and sadly this was missing from our lads.

Posted 20:07 30th June 2010

Andy Cunningham (Scunthorpe United fan) says...

The problem with the kids learning to play is that the game is too pressurised and they do not have the time or encouragement to develop their first touch. (Gareth Barry can control it further then I can pass it1). When I took a schoolboy side to play an Italian side in the 1980¿s every time there was a 2:1 situation in favour of the defence (i.e. 2 defenders against 1 attacker) - the referee gave an indirect free kick. When I asked the foreign coaches, why they played this way they said it was to enable players to bring the ball under control and then look to beat the opponent with a dribble or a pass. All too often in the games I saw in the UK players were encouraged to close the opposition down as quickly as possible which only encouraged them to get rid of the ball quickly - usually by a long ball into the channels. Those of use who took coaching badges in the 1980's remember Charles Hughes long ball into the channel philosophy - we have not moved on

Posted 19:58 30th June 2010

Paul Staffs (Manchester United fan) says...

I agree we need to have kids play shorter games until they are 14 or 15. We had a talk with a premiership scout, he pointed out 3 lads he would be watching at our sons team, they were the biggest, Even at a young age the coaches want to win, the bigger lads give them more chance, but being the biggest was all they had, so come 16 they just get discarded. Our son was the captain he was skillful but skinny, so like many others got overlooked, He's now a 6 foot soldier, I also think the F.A need to look at how our best teams play with gret succes in Europe, and copy the style,

Posted 19:57 30th June 2010

Stephen Moss (Manchester United fan) says...

I have just come across this after mailing a lengthy message out to the FA about how to transform the talent produced in the UK, and having been directed here by a friend, it covers similar ground. My arguments are to look at the structure in place for developing youngsters in the ways that seem to have been never fully implemented and kind of fallen by the side of the road. There should be a plan in place to ensure that every Major (and in some cases minor) Towns in a County have a team to represent the town in a league and supporting cup competitions. These teams would be required to be lead by FA qualified managers and coaches and would have FA certified referees and lines men for matches. It would then become a badge of honour to represent your local team in an organised football manner (instead of the usual pub football approach). This alone would create competitiveness for a spot on the team, and those from outside of the towns in villages etc would also have a chance to play organised football without travelling to the furthest reaches of the country. From this, you renew the County football teams, and use the Area teams to guide scouting for talent, after all if the best people are competing in a league, you can then pick the best people from the best people easier and you would not have to hope for talent to arrive on your doorstep, as it will be eager to show itself. The steps up from Town level to County level should be sufficient enough to add further development as reward to the players. You would get an even more professionally structured approach to training. From county level the professional clubs will identify easily who the greatest talent is in their immediate area and so can keep an eye on these players. Most importantly newspapers will begin to take interest in the teams from town to county level and be able to follow the progress of the local heroes from youth to pro.

Posted 19:47 30th June 2010

Martyn Foster (Manchester United fan) says...

I think clubs should go even further and be made to field 5 local players born within a 25 mile radius of the ground

Posted 18:44 30th June 2010

Micahel Hedges (Sunderland fan) says...

I do not agree with the foreign footballer concept. Take Holland look how good they are and they have a lot of foreign players. We still play football as we did 30 years ago long long passes and hope it gets to the player, if not then work hard trying to get it back. Change of style is needed and quickly

Posted 16:07 30th June 2010

Paul Mccue (Plymouth Argyle fan) says...

Firstly the FA need to listen to people at the coal face & can't keep going to the same old people for same old answers. With regard to kids football we need to take the power away from Pro clubs as they are only concerned about themselves, independant academies should be established and run by the FA, not run by Pro clubs who only interested in the funding and paying ultra ego coaches £35/£40 per hour for doing a fairly poor job. We have created soccer schools, academies etc etc and we can't even pass the ball to each other. School football is also at its lowest ebb, several secondry schools in our area have the actual boys doing the training, coaching, picking of the team and tactics, the PE teachers were driving the bus to the match or school fields. I reported last year that some boys were playing six matches a week and training a further ten hours, madness....... spoke to a spanish level 1 football coach & PE teacher working in Exeter and he was in a state of shock at this country, Sir Trevor will sit around with a bunch or out of touch persons putting some grand plan in place which will take years to establish it was a waste of time, but hay loads of people will make a packet out of it. 1) Don't let pro clubs run academies. 2) train & spend FA money on coaches who will only work for free for three or four years for the better good of football and who have the kids interests first not there own, get rid of the all the leeches, hold every county FA responsible for producing footballers and stop wasting millions on minorities. Coaches and refs turn up for money, school teachers (in our town don't care to much about football & go home, Teachers tend to be more rugby orientated). We also need to follow methodology at Barcalona, if the boys are not intelectual or bright why persist they will only turn out like current crop. Self important, indulgent, awful adults. We need smart up top footballers.

Posted 15:38 30th June 2010

Paul Mccue (Plymouth Argyle fan) says...

Firstly the FA need to listen to people at the coal face & can't keep going to the same old people for same old answers. With regard to kids football we need to take the power away from Pro clubs as they are only concerned about themselves, independant academies should be established and run by the FA, not run by Pro clubs who only interested in the funding and paying ultra ego coaches £35/£40 per hour for doing a fairly poor job. We have created soccer schools, academies etc etc and we can't even pass the ball to each other. School football is also at its lowest ebb, several secondry schools in our area have the actual boys doing the training, coaching, picking of the team and tactics, the PE teachers were driving the bus to the match or school fields. I reported last year that some boys were playing six matches a week and training a further ten hours, madness....... spoke to a spanish level 1 football coach & PE teacher working in Exeter and he was in a state of shock at this country, Sir Trevor will sit around with a bunch or out of touch persons putting some grand plan in place which will take years to establish it was a waste of time, but hay loads of people will make a packet out of it. 1) Don't let pro clubs run academies. 2) train & spend FA money on coaches who will only work for free for three or four years for the better good of football and who have the kids interests first not there own, get rid of the all the leeches, hold every county FA responsible for producing footballers and stop wasting millions on minorities. Coaches and refs turn up for money, school teachers (in our town don't care to much about football & go home, Teachers tend to be more rugby orientated). We also need to follow methodology at Barcalona, if the boys are not intelectual or bright why persist they will only turn out like current crop. Self important, indulgent, awful adults. We need smart up top footballers.

Posted 15:36 30th June 2010

Shamus Doherty (Arsenal fan) says...

I like the suggestions however I believe the Premier League should be made to adapt to changes. The homegrown rule coming into play is great however even as an Arsenal fan I would love to see more English players come into the fray which I know will mean it will be a foreigner whose place is threatened. I believe every team should be made to have the homegrown talents on board and each year the number increased so that its talent of the same nationality, none of this getting in youngsters from abroad and putting them through an academy which the lies claim to them being homegrown. Its wrong and just papers over the cracks. Perhaps have the homegrown requirement of 5 players to start and then from next year 2 of those have to be the same nationality as the location of the team and from their on in raise it by one each year till you have a least half the team with same nationality.

Posted 14:16 30th June 2010

Dave Cov (Coventry City fan) says...

England will never play football the Barca way, different culture No coincidence Spain, Argentina, Brazil, etc are hot countries where football is slower and calls for more technique, but there's more than one way to win a football game Germany have a fantastic record at world cups, playing fast, powerful organised football, they aren't looking to change their footballing style, England have traditionally been hard to beat, have lost most key world cup encounters on penalties, but they must play to there strengths - well organised, conservative, but with pace,pace,pace playing against the best teams on the break - this is how we beat Germany 5-1, Croatia 4-1 this is what works for England Let's learn to play like Spain will never work Spains tournament record untill very recent has been awful, Yes more technique and gulie is needed - a few more Paul Gascoignes but just want to give a bit more balance to to the debate

Posted 14:13 30th June 2010

Dave Knight (Sunderland fan) says...

So Ashley Cole hates England and every one in it .He should never ever be picked to play again for this wonderfull country again.I hear so called football experts saying Cole is the best left back in the world,why dont these people get real.They only see premier games and Cole isnt the best in the premier league let alone the world.He is over rated like most of the England team, who are made to look decent players by the other foreine players in there club teams.

Posted 14:13 30th June 2010

Mary Mason (West Ham United fan) says...

thousands of kids play football every weekend, all over the country, mostly coached by volunteer dads.Where are they now! They all want to be Rooney, Ronaldo etc and earn the kind of money they earn, at an early age. I'm guessing that most of them give up, as none are playing abroad and there is only a smattering in the premiership that are considered good enough, when they realise that lower league football doesn't pay that much and then don't bother to improve to get to the higher level. The kids in Brazil and South Africa for example have nothing, play in bare feet in the streets and play to improve their lives and then play for national pride and to be recognised. We need to change a lot of things in our society before the kids in this country have pride in themselves and then pride to play for their country. Players should not receive a fee for playing for their country. They should get a bonus for a win and goals scored and how many rounds they get through. That might encourage the players we have at present to do better.

Posted 13:27 30th June 2010

Ian Mcnaught (Rangers fan) says...

If you look at the teams who have reached the quarter finals, with the exception of Italy & France, the usual suspects are there. England should have been also. They have decent players, it seemed obvious to me that they were playing with fear. They didn't seem to wan't to play for Mr Capello. So rather than all the usual outcry for changes to the grass roots of English Football, why don't the powers that be who run the game look at appointing a Manager who can a) speak English & b) Understand the English mentality? It's not rocket science because even teams like Japan, Paraguay & Slovakia can get to the quarter Finals of a World cup by greater organisation & Team spirit. After the experience of Erickson & McClaren (his no.2) England Bosses have still not learned their lesson & are tying unproven(at International level) Foreign Coaches on massive wages & even bigger compensation packages.

Posted 13:06 30th June 2010

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