Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Best Coaching Link This Week: Liverpool's Academy, Scouting Overseas and Efficiency of Freekicks
The great Jonathan Wilson recently wrote a piece on how greed is ruining football, with his main focus being the restructuring of the Champions League, and how no one seems to be that bothered about it. At around the same time as this article came out, I was researching for a piece on the impact of the Bosman ruling and, in particular, on clubs’ desire to develop their own players. The conclusion that I reached is that the Bosman ruling has effectively stopped clubs from being able to develop their way to success.
Below the high profile, top level managers there is a group of coaches who dedicate their lives on investing in the future. Alex Inglethorpe, the head of Liverpool’s academy, is one such man and as Jurgen Klopp integrates more young players in the first team, his work is coming increasingly under focus.
Free kicks, when they are well taken, can be spectacular which is why they inevitably generate an air of excitement when a team gains one in a dangerous situation. Yet is this excitement and pressure to hit it directly at goal misplaced?
The latest of an interesting series about the role of scouts focuses on the work and thinking that goes into getting a player from overseas. Really insightful, I thought.
“The man who fears losing has already lost” – George RR Martin
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