Barwick committed to fixing English game
Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick maintains improving the quality of England's home-grown coaches is 'central' to the organisation's strategic review of the national game.
Italian Fabio Capello was officially unveiled as the new England manager at a central London hotel yesterday, having signed a four-and-a-half-year contract last week worth some £6.5million a season.
Barwick is in no doubt the 61-year-old fits the perfect 'template' for a winning coach to lead England into a new era - after he and FA director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking pledged to scour the planet for a 'world-class' coach to succeed Steve McClaren, who was sacked following the abject failure of the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.
Much has, though, been made of the fact there were no leading home-grown coaches ready to take over the national team.
The FA are currently undertaking a 'root-and-branch' review of the whole structure of the English game, and there is also set to be a decision taken later this week on the future of the much-maligned national football centre at Burton.
Barwick maintains that will be followed through to make sure there is the correct development of both players and coaches.
'The FA's strategic review will be published in March 2008, and it will take us through the next five years of our life at the Football Association,' said Barwick.
'Central to it is the development of coaches and coaching in this country. A direct part of it will be to work out how we take the England situation forward in a positive way.
'One of the ways is to make sure Fabio's skills are 'sucked out' of him in terms of getting us not just to pick winning teams, but to make sure we use his great skill across our whole coaching framework.
'We also want to make sure the coaching framework Trevor is building up has good, strong investment and we are giving people chances to become better coaches.
Barwick added: 'I think it should always be the ambition of the FA, when possible, to recruit an England manager from within our own country.
'On this occasion we felt it was important to get the right man, whatever the nationality.'
In Capello, who has held some of the top jobs in European football and won trophies with them all, Barwick maintains England have just the man to lead them towards the 2010 World Cup.
'While at the World Cup draw in South Africa I took time out to think about the attributes needed to do one of the toughest jobs in football,' he recalled.
'We saw the next appointment as having to be somebody of world-class status, a man with a strong personality, a vastly experienced coach, a person used to handling big players, big matches and big in-match situations, a man who is tactically astute, tactically adaptable, with a proven pedigree, a mature individual who can handle a big job with the pressures that go with it - winner with a capital 'W'.
'That was the template, this is the man - Fabio Capello.
'This is a significant appointment, and we are delighted with the response from the public and the media to the news he is coming on board.
'We know we owe the fans - and we believe Fabio Capello is the man to restore our pride.'