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Mawhinney hits back at Brooking criticisms of youth football

Football League chairman Lord Mawhinney claims that any criticisms of youth football must be borne by Brooking himself, the Football Association's director of football development. "Frankly, I don't have much time for people who go public and criticise their employers," Mawhinney told Five Live. "That doesn't seem to be a great idea.

"If the debate is about the inadequacy of coaching then it is perfectly legitimate to say that this is an FA responsibility, so let's ask some questions of the people in the FA who are responsible for coaching.

"This season, Football League clubs will be putting into youth development something north of £13million of their own money, the FA will be putting into football development £7.8 million pounds and last year it was £4.5million.

"Sir Trevor has been going on about age-related coaching, particularly five to 11-year-olds but he has been in the job for five years. What has been happening over the last five years?

"He's critical of coaching in the Football League but excuse me, who is responsible for coaching in this country?

"Somebody has to ask who has been responding to him in the last few years, including his employers.

"The way he is behaving and the scattered gun approach (of his criticism) isn't justified. It is seriously starting to undermine our confidence in him.

"Trevor was a fantastic footballer. He was an iconic footballer but none of us must assume that because we were very good in one job that we are very good in all jobs."

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