Cartwright, 69, who was the England youth team's first full-time coach, was stunned to hear the FA's head of development Trevor Brooking, in an interview with talkSPORT, advocating the very principles that led to Cartwright parting company with them because of his vehement opposition to the long-ball culture of the all-powerful Charles Hughes.
Time wasters: Rebel coach John Cartwright has slammed Sir Trevor Brooking (L)
Brooking, in his support for the coaching of young footballers to concentrate on developing individual skill, picked out Brazil's Lucio as an example of a central defender comfortable on the ball the same player Cartwright highlights in his book Football For The Brave published last year.
Cartwright, who sent Brooking a copy of his work, said: 'Trevor could have been quoting from my book and it really angers me that the FA have taken so long to believe in the same theories that made me a rebel. It's such a waste of so many years. The FA coaching schemes have failed because, even after Charles Hughes went, his long-ball coaching beliefs carried on under the grey coaches he had taught.
'English football will never improve until we develop defenders equally as skilful as forwards. The current obsession with strength, speed and teamwork only camouflages a lack of skill on the ball. Individual skill should be the most importantfactor in player development. But those views made me an outcast from the FA.'
Both Aston Villa's Emile Heskey and West Ham's Matthew Upson are sufficiently confident about their selection for England's World Cup squad to have allowed their partners Chantelle Tagoe and Ellie Darby to take part in BBC3's forthcoming WAGs in South Africa, in which they discover what life is like over there away from the celebrity bubble.
The FA are relaxed about the programme, but England coach Fabio Capello wants nothing to do with the WAGs' caravan.
The other three involved Elen Rives, Imogen Thomas and Amii Grove are ex-partners of Frank Lampard, Jermain Defoe and Jermaine Pennant, whose tenuous link with the documentary is the nearest he will get to World Cup recognition.
Hampshire's star-loving chief executive Rod Bransgrove will have his friendship with Shane Warne tested again after his former captain recruited batsman Michael Lumb for IPL side Rajasthan Royals.
Bransgrove, who was in the Warne family box at the MCG when the spinner took his 700th Test wicket, wasn't pleased when Dimitri Mascarenhas missed Hampshire games after joining Rajasthan also at the behest of Royals skipper Warne.
Confusion: Duffen's PR team said he was on holiday
Former Hull City executive chairman Paul Duffen, who is facing serious allegations of financial mismanagement, including taking bungs from agents, had second thoughts on Monday morning about appearing on the sports panel discussion on Gabby Logan's 5 Live show.
A BBC spokesman said agreement had been reached the day before regarding what Duffen was prepared to say on air about Hull's accusations.
His involvement in the show was seen by the BBC as demonstrating his confidence about refuting the allegations. But after sleeping on it, Duffen opted out, according to the Beeb.
To add to the confusion, Duffen's 'celebrity PR' team last night said he was always going to be away on a skiing holiday with wife Emma to celebrate her birthday on a trip that was booked weeks ago and which he takes very year.
Spokesman Rory Sheen said: 'It was a mix-up. The BBC were told last Friday he wasn't available.'
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston is the surprise winner of the Championship club ballot for the vacant position on the Football League board.
Oyston was the best-known of the three candidates but Derby's Tom Glick and Sheffield Wednesday's Nick Parker had the advantage of representing wealthier clubs.
The result may also be seen as a snub to the first attempt by an American (Glick) to seek a director's seat on an English football authority.
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