Remember there has been a delay with the plan because they are seeking further advice and opinions from the Asian community.
So let’s have a look at the members of the commission:
Roger Burden, Greg Clarke, Rio Ferdinand, Dario Gradi, Glenn Hoddle, Roy Hodgson, Ritchie Humphreys, Danny Mills and Howard Wilkinson.
Can anyone spot the Asian representation? Answers on a postcard please or send them to Greg Dyke!
Can anyone spot someone involved at grassroots level?
I do not question the plethora of wisdom and knowledge about football amongst those gentlemen but if you are trying to improve football from its roots then you need someone who is amongst those roots on a frequent basis.
Heather Rabbatts who is with the F.A sent a letter to Greg Dyke asking why there was no ethnic or black representation on the commission. Soon after Rio Ferdinand found himself involved. So half the question has been acknowledged and answered.
What about the other half? Where is the Asian representation?
They will say that consultations take place with different organizations and bodies which represent grassroots football so I would like to know who was consulted from the Midlands region and what were the outcomes from these consultations. If you asked the average football fan he or she would not have a clue about what this commission actually does.
The one thing we have been presented with from their meetings is the proposal for the ridiculous ‘B’ league. This is to have players who are not getting into the first teams of their respective clubs to have game time in order for the English game to progress.
Complete madness again from the F.A in a desperate bid to unearth English talent.
Years ago they had reserve teams, with reserve leagues. There was nothing wrong with that at all.
If they don’t want that then keep to the current format of sending players out on loan. Imagine the likes of someone like Lukaku who can’t get into the Chelsea team, playing against lower league and Conference players. What is the point of that? Where is he going to improve?
The whole concept of this is like I said to unearth English talent. If they had half a brain, they would realise that the age group to work on to get a player to be technically proficient is between 5 and 16. After that you can get a player as fit and strong as you like, you can get him to be mentally strong as you like but the years of developing the technique have well gone by. I’m not saying they cannot improve but the core of their technique will be missing. Let us take for example the ‘step over’ move. Anyone can learn that move at any stage of their career whether young or adult. However, if a child has been practicing that move since five, his execution will be much better in my opinion than if you teach someone say from the age of 16. People will argue that point but I think if you have been practicing something for years, when you execute that move, you don’t think about it, it is second nature, it just happens naturally. My message to the F.A and Mr. Dyke is forget your ‘B’ league, focus on the young children and get coaches in who focus on simple drills like 1v1 2v2 3v3 in small compact areas where you have to be clever in your use of the ball.