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Brooking vows to fight on with coaching development

FA director of coaching Sir Trevor Brooking has vowed to continue with plans to improve the coaching of young players.

Brooking has identified a dearth in skills between the key development ages of five to 16, where the involvement of qualified coaches is at its lowest point.

But so far, despite some excellent work through sponsors Tesco, he has been unable to get a unified strategy, with clubs pocketing £180,000 a year from central funds with no obvious assessment of the work currently being done.

Brooking accepts the situation is far from ideal. However, after a three-year vacuum, the former England midfielder is now focused on making his ideas work, even if his efforts must, for now, be solely concentrated at grassroots level.

"We needed investment on the coaching side and felt we knew what we were doing in the grassroots. If we waited for an agreement from the professional side, this document would never have surfaced, so we have just pushed on," said West Ham legend Brooking.

"In the end you hope the various constituent parts will buy into the document and then the professional game come round to it."

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