‘No hiding place left’: an essay on Fifa for TheSecretFootballer.com

Below is a guest piece I wrote recently for The Secret Footballer’s site.

It’s an extended essay looking at Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert’s remarkable exposé of the Qatari World Cup bid. The book’s interesting for many reasons (not least that it has the same title as mine), but what really struck me about it was the overwhelming impression that Fifa is completely beyond help and can no longer be reformed from within.

If that’s really true, then what do we do?

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Piece for TheSecretFootballer.com: ‘Failure is not an option’

Below is a guest piece I wrote recently for The Secret Footballer’s site.

Looking at youth development policy, it was published in the week that Richard Scudamore declared that the Premier League has just two metrics for its success: attendance and global viewing figures. In the piece, I examine the effectiveness of the Premier League’s EPPP and the FA’s B teams proposal, and then question the assumptions that what’s good for the top PL sides is good for the national side and for the rest of football generally and that, even if it isn’t, the needs of the PL outweigh the needs of lower-division football.

To me it’s pretty clear that policymaking in this area, as with so many others in football, needs a much broader definition of success…

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On the necessity of destroying the Premier League’s pre-eminence

I recently wrote a piece for The Secret Footballer website about 5 lessons the Premier League could learn from the NFL. It was meant to provoke and entertain by showcasing some ideas, big and small, that the Premier League could benefit from considering. (And to help sell my book, of course.)

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