New FA chief Ashworth: We must improve coaching skills

New FA technical chief Dan Ashworth says his job is to improve the skills of coaches.

New FA technical chief Dan Ashworth says his job is to improve the skills of coaches.

The former West Bromwich Albion chief believes improving coaching standards will produce more 'Wayne Rooneys'.

“One of my roles is to help the Premier League the Football League and grassroots ‘upskill’ their coaches and that transfers to ‘upskilling’ players,’’ Ashworth told the Telegraph. “When you look back at the likes of Chris Waddle and Paul Gascoigne, we always would have a series of match-winners in our teams, technical players. Without being disrespectful to our current players, we are now further behind some other nations and we have to make sure that gap decreases. We have to have a more technically-based game and players who are more comfortable on the ball.

“I see my job as giving Roy [Hodgson] a bigger and better pool of players so if Wayne Rooney can’t play, no problem. My job and the job of everyone at St George’s Park – whether you are canteen staff or grassroots coach – is to help England win. It’s the NASA thing, isn’t it? What’s your job? It’s to put the man on the moon."

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