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England's Saviour

Started on 12 December 2016 by Joe
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“Elderly white men block reform” say former FA Chiefs

Former FA Chief executive Greg Dyke stepped down yesterday

English football has been shocked by the open letter released by 5 former FA chief executives today. David Bernstein, David Davies, Greg Dyke, Alex Horne and David Triesman have all said that the FA has failed to reform itself and English football in a way that is beneficial to the national team.

This comes only weeks after England’s dismal Euro 2016 campaign, where they were beaten 2-1 by minnows Iceland in an appalling performance. MPs have called for the FA to be reformed by the government in order to become more efficient in its governing role of English football. Indeed, Greg Dyke has said that working at the FA was “like going back to 1952”.

However, some pundits have argued that it really shouldn’t come as a shock to most people. Gary Neville said that “it shouldn’t surprise anybody really; the state of the game in our country is not healthy. You look at the top teams in the Premier League, the best league in the world, and only 30-odd % of them are English. You can see that the national team had an awful summer, but this has been coming for years; the 2010 World Cup, and the 2014 World Cup were both poor campaigns and we should be looking for more from a group of players earning over £50,000 a week.”

One of Parliament’s proposed pieces of legislation is going to be that more managers need to be English, and talks have reportedly already been held with Premier League boss Richard Scudamore and the EFL. A decision should be made in the coming days over what exactly will happen, but there are reports that suggest some clubs could be forced to axe their managers.

Foreign managers like Chelsea’s Antonio Conte may be forced to leave their clubs


Premier League given managerial quota

The Premier League has today announced that clubs in the Premier League will be forced into having an English manager in charge of the club. The news was broken by Premier League boss Richard Scudamore, who said that “after careful consideration and meetings between all 20 clubs in the league, we have decided that this is the best way forward in doing our part to help English football”. The new ruling comes into effect immediately, meaning that there is a long list of departures from clubs in the Premier League.

It was also announced that there would be action on a grassroots level to encourage more football, and the system of training at grassroots level has been overhauled completely; youngsters will now focus more on technical skill, and will play on smaller size pitches with smaller goals.

No fewer than 16 managers have been sacked

Teams in the Premier League will also be encouraged to have more English and home-grown players in their squads, although there will be no change to the current registration rules as part of the agreement from the clubs. It remains to be seen however, just how well this advice will be heeded by the top division clubs. Teams being promoted from the Championship up to the Premier League will be exempt from the managerial quota however, as the percentages of English coaches and players are much higher.

The England manager’s job will now also be restricted to English candidates only, as Parliament’s reforms of the FA were passed by a majority of 494 – 56 in the Commons this morning.

The impact of this announcement on football in England remains to be seen, although hosts of former players are being linked with top jobs in the country, as clubs look for new, English managerial talent.

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