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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.