Uncomfortable Truths

So, is Brian Mawhinney, the chairman of the Football League, after a job working for the Premier League? I ask the question because it would appear to be the most obvious explanation for Mawhinney’s stinging attack on Trevor Brooking in an interview with The Times towards the end of last week. Brooking had previously gone on record (not for the first time) describing his exasperation over the set up of youth football in England – the constant battles over funding, the attitude of young English players and the lack of opportunities for young English players. Mawhinney, who also sits of the FA Board, doesn’t have “much time for people who go public and criticise their employers” and, although he stopped short of saying that Brooking should be sacked, he didn’t stop short of it by far. Such internecine arguments are pretty common in football. Brooking hasn’t received the support that he was promised when he joined the FA five years ago as its Director of Football Development. The Lewis Review, a thorough review of the practice of using youth academies and centres of excellence, was published last year, but the majority of its recommendations have been ignored by the Premier League and the Football League. Significantly, the one one that wasn’t ignored was for a fifty per cent raise in the amount of money going to clubs in funding...

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