The festive season is upon us and, for
most people, it's a time for winding down
and recharging the batteries. For football
managers though, it's arguably the busiest
time of the year, with games coming thick
and fast. Teams can suddenly rise or fall
in the league standings, which with the
pressure to achieve short-term success
often leads to managers losing their jobs.
So much for the 'season of goodwill'.
For the good of the game, all
stakeholders need to take a more
pragmatic approach by looking to the
medium term. This is, of course, easier
said than done. However, in recent
months, by various means, the game
has been setting aspirations around the
development of English football.
The LMA believes that, in order to
give coach education and development
programmes a chance to prove their worth,
owners must examine their recruitment
processes, set realistic targets for managers
and coaches and then take responsibility
to manage expectations, both within their
clubs and among the supporters.
On behalf of everyone at the LMA, I
would like to congratulate our President,
Roy Hodgson, on guiding England to
qualification for the World Cup Finals
in Brazil. It was interesting to hear that
he marked the occasion as his ‘proudest
moment’ in a highly successful managerial
career that began in 1976. I wish him
and the team all the very best in their
preparations for next summer.
St George’s Park recently celebrated
its first birthday and our relocation there
has already helped us improve how we
deliver services to members. The LMA
is extremely proud to be based at St
George’s Park and to have a direct impact
on the future of English football.
Staying with the theme of
development, I am also proud to
announce that, in partnership with the
University of Liverpool, the LMA will be
inaugurating a new Diploma in Football
Management in 2014. There is no doubt
this qualification will play an integral
role in enhancing the learning process
for aspiring coaches and managers. We
have recently launched a series of
masterclasses providing insight from
Howard Wilkinson, Walter Smith, Martin
Bain, Alex McLeish, Simon Grayson,
Sean Dyche and Aidy Boothroyd, where
over 80 current and aspiring managers
attended the sessions.
As 2013 draws to a close, I would like
to end by once again thanking the LMA
members for their unstinting support
across all of our activities this year. It is
absolutely fundamental to the success of
our association. I wish everyone a fruitful
and prosperous 2014.
England manager and LMA president Roy Hodgson celebrates with Gary Neville and
the rest of his coaching staff as the national team secures FIFA World Cup qualification.