Ex-AIS football chief O’Connor calls for FFA to end Dutch experiment

Steve O’Connor, the former head of Australian Institute of Sport's football program, believes Football Federation Australia should stop trying to emulate the Dutch style.

The FFA have adopted the approach of Holland over the past few years after appointing Han Berger as technical director, effectively ending the AIS program which developed the likes of Lucas Neill, Mark Viduka, Luke Wilkshire, Brett Emerton, Josh Kennedy, Mark Bresciano and Craig Moore.

O’Connor, who oversaw the development of a golden era for Australian football, feels it is the right time for the Socceroos to move away from the Dutch influence.

"I am fan of the way the Dutch play football and I am a big fan of the way they do certain things," O'Connor told AAP.

"But I don't think you can import systems wholesale from one country to another and expect it to work.

"There are the ways the Dutch do things, the Germans, the French and they have been very successful.

"But there are all different reasons for that. The size of population, country and the fact it is easier to get players to play against top-class opponents.

"In Australia we are not a football country, but we have always produced good players who have had great international careers and played for big European clubs.

"We are not seeing those types of players coming through unfortunately. Players who are good not just physically but technically."

 
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