Mills: Time for change
Published : 10 Oct 2013 09:01:56Rss feed
Former England defender Danny Mills believes the Football Association must be prepared to make radical changes to youth football for the good of the English game.
Mills has been named on the governing body's commission charged with improving the national game along with FA chairman Greg Dyke, ex-England manager Glenn Hoddle, Football League chairman Greg Clarke, FA vice-chairman Roger Burden, plus LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson, new PFA chairman Ritchie Humphreys and former Crewe boss Dario Gradi.
The ex-Leeds man told the Times: "There are pockets of real potential - young players with skills I never dreamt of and progressive coaches - but they are isolated cases. I also watch a lot of awful football.
"If we want the best for English football, we need improvement with the right coaching in every school and club in the country.
"We like to think that there can be organic change, but sometimes you have to enforce it. We have to rip up the rulebook if necessary to improve kids' football."
The appointments of Mills and Gradi to the commission bring the total to eight representatives and Dyke said there would be "no more than 10" in total.
Dyke, who said that it was "a shame" the Premier League had turned down his offer to have a its chairman Anthony Fry on the commission, revealed that Mills had impressed by sending him a paper on his ideas.
Dyke said: "He wrote a very interesting paper and gave it to us - very interesting ideas.
"We are still talking to one or two other people who have not made up their minds."
The commission will report back by the end of March.
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