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Managers should learn Spanish, according to Graham Taylor

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:16 pm
by Gorgiewave
I have already posted this on kickback, but I would welcome people's views here:

I heard Graham Taylor arguing on Radio Five on Sunday that young British managers should not expect to always advance, like him, from smaller to bigger jobs in England (Lincoln City-Watford-Aston Villa-England in his case), but rather that they should learn a foreign language, preferably Spanish, and seek experience abroad. He was impressed by Steve McClaren's renaissance at Twente and correctly noted that a former England manager who took an English club to its only UEFA Cup final has been underreported in England (and Britain generally). He thought Bobby Robson was a rounder, happier man after managing abroad and thought that he himself would have been a better England manager had he had previous experience in another league. He was absolutely the opposite of a little Englander and was in general very impressive.

I would say, just do it, our technical ability is often lacking, too much emphasis is placed on physical strength or size and a more sophisticated, "intelligent" view of the game might be obtained by experiencing another football culture.

Was this a matter for Henry McLeish?

Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:49 pm
by lbb
I got slaughtered on here for suggesting every SPL club should have a qualified foreign coach. I can just imagine the outcry if Scottish coaches were told they needed to learn a foreign language and seek experience abroad, too.

Jimmy Calderwood is the only current SPL manager to have managed abroad. Four have managed down south - Walter Smith, Craig Brown, Jim Jefferies, Mark McGhee - though I'm sure all were sacked from their last English postings.

It's not just the managers, though. Look what happened to Paul Le Guen and John Collins when they tried to introduce a more European approach to training, nutrition and tactics. Most Scottish players are resistant to change. Look at the treatment of some foreign managers in the SPL over the last 10 years or so. 'Outsiders' seem to get far worse treatment than Scottish managers (e.g. Wim Jansen being the 'worst thing to hit Japan since Hiroshima').

And the media don't help. When a team is successful without playing great football (Rangers at present) then they're criticised for not playing great football. When a team plays great football without being successful (Rangers at the fag-end of the Advocaat era) then they're criticised for not being successful. The media want to slaughter managers for poor results and/or poor football.

There is something fundamentally wrong with how we play the game and how we coach the game. Unfortunately, we prefer to obsess over the size of the league and whether or not we have a split.

It's a good idea for managers to have a variety of experience but I'm not sure the football culture in this country is advanced enough to embrace it. We seem almost resigned to being mediocre.

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:28 pm
by Skyline Drifter
lbb wrote:I got slaughtered on here for suggesting every SPL club should have a qualified foreign coach. I can just imagine the outcry if Scottish coaches were told they needed to learn a foreign language and seek experience abroad, too.
Mmm, as I recall it you got slaughtered for suggesting it should be compulsory that every club has one. Which is a nonsense.

I can see that there are obvious potential advantages for clubs to have some coaching from a different background though, whether the coach himself be foreign or just have worked elsewhere. It should never be compulsory though.

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:42 pm
by Scottish
It has been suggested in the past that it wouldn't do one or two of them any harm to learn English.

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 11:22 pm
by problemchild
Roy Hodgson seems a good example of working abroad working.

Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:22 am
by Scottish
I hope the same can be said of Jimmy Calderwood by the end of next week.

Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:21 am
by John Meffen
scottish wrote:I hope the same can be said of Jimmy Calderwood by the end of next week.
But I sure don't [or maybe I do? first division football is so much more fun than the turgid SPL]