You’ve probably opened this post wondering “when are we getting some actual football” which is fair comment, given the four posts of build up you’ve had so far. Good news; we’re diving into the season right now (well, once we’ve walked through our transfer business)
In order to build a squad which fits the Philosophy I spoke about in Part Two it is important to remember two things:-
- We still need to compete while I build this squad, which means no wholesale and sudden changes, and;
- It’s going to take time and patience to find the right players, especially with our current scouting setup.
With this in mind, I want to walk you through exactly how I plan on building and improving my squad over the next few seasons, and the tools that I’m using to help me get to where I want to be
I spoke in Part Deux about a Philosophy which I want to implement at the club, focused around incisive play, good decisions and the ‘Five Pillars’ of Strength, Determination, Decisions, Composure and Technique. As part of this philosophy, I have had to take some time to decide how to implement that philosophy at Red Star, and how I am going to recruit and develop our players in a way which models the youth systems I spoke about in Part One.
The best football teams on the planet, the best coaches on the planet, have one thing in common; Philosophy. By ‘Philosophy’ I don’t mean asking deep questions like ‘do fish get thirsty’ or ‘why is sand called sand’, but rather a way of playing, a style and attitude which becomes synonymous with a club or a coach: Sarriball, the Barcelona Way, Heavy Metal Football, and the many, many other coaching and tactical identities that litter the game.
When people talk about the best youth academies in World Football, they often throw up names like Ajax, Barcelona, Real Madrid (for the ones who move elsewhere), Santos and of course, Manchester United. For many Football Manager players looking to develop their own youth, these clubs are often the first port of call, but I always find that so often the draw of the massive resources at those clubs mean that I abandon the youth experiment and turn back into a powerhouse of wheeling and dealing. Continue reading