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  • Jlock Jlock Sep 2, 2010 16:51 Flag

    English players in the 25????

    I thought the Early Dorrs article about the issue was good.
    The FA's have a problem with employment law to contend with as well as trying to introduce a 'more sensible' approach to home grown players.
    The problem with the new rules at the moment, is there's nothing stopping any club buying up 'prospect' players from all over the world and bringing them through their youth squads into the first team pool. But at least it's a start. Maybe, once one or two of the bigger clubs realise that its cheaper to 'grow' their own players and part sponsor lower division teams to 'blood' their prospects, the better it will be, both for the stability of the clubs, and for the prospects of 'British' football.

    Also, if Hoddle's 'finishing' school takes off as it should, then maybe similar models dotted around could be an answer. Providing a centralised 'skills' school - much as the FA were trying (but never quite achieved) with their schools of excellence - is a good way of then providing a similar centralised facility for those clubs who don't have the resources to fund their own enterprises.

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    • Hi John, didn't Gazza say something similar recently, after he'd come out from another rehab.
      God I hope it gets going and gives him some reason to help stay off the booze. If he keeps going the way he is he'll end up like George Best or Alex Higgins. I couldn't believe the way the Hurricane looked just before he died. Absolutely shocked!!!!

      WHO is this new dickhead called The Mister??????????

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      • I wondering whether we will end up with a similar system to the one that exists in the U.S. with baseball and hockey, where the Major League clubs (read EPL and perhaps Championship) are associated with Minor League Clubs (the rest) as feeder clubs, and players can get "called up" to the majors just as they can get "sent down" to the minors. This way the "fringe" and younger players would get regular games (together), and have the potential for being rewarded for consistent good platy by moving up into the EPL.
        This would also seem to provide a platform for the youngsters to gain experience while staying within the same club system - potentially improve the level of play in the lower leagues - and provide a feeder and development system for young English players.

      • LTS,
        Did he? Seems he's got more sense that I gave him credit for - I think I recall a few pundits saying similar stuff and bemoaning the lack of a national school (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilleshall_Hall ). Hoddle (is his school still going?), may be in the right place at the right time, as he can bring any nationality player up to scratch and sell into the respective market.

        As for Gazza, it always seems to be the way with the easily led, the booze/drugs/women - but when you're in your 20's and everyone is telling you you're a 'god', it would be difficult, if not impossible to keep your feet on the ground. I think that's where the good managers come in. I wasn't a great lover of 'Gazza' - mainly because of his temperament - but I can't deny he was a stunning player. And Higgins - poor sod - I saw those photos when they were trying to get some money for him and he was just a bag of bones.

        As for this new poster - as soon as I see any post with that 'abusive' tone, I just tend to ignore them. They seems to thrive on attention.