Strong commission

Oliver Holt has praised the make-up of the newly-created FA commission - but fears it may not be able to significantly improve English football.

Last Updated: 20/10/13 at 17:31 Post Comment

FA Chairman Greg Dyke has announced that former Three Lions boss and current Sky Sports expert Glenn Hoddle, ex-Leeds and Charlton defender Danny Mills, and Crewe director of football Dario Gradi will form part of a group looking at ways to boost England's fortunes.

The panel - which will focus on increasing the number of English-qualified players appearing in the Premier League and, in turn, the success of the national team - has been criticised by figures including Gary Lineker and Stan Collymore.

Mirror writer Holt says he approves of the men Dyke selected, but worries lack of collaboration between the Premier League - who turned down the chance to sit on the commission - and the FA could scupper any grand plans.

"It depends on one's views on the composition of the panel and its workings but I don't see any harm in Dyke soliciting the opinions of a wide a range of people as possible," Holt told the Sunday Supplement.

"Mills [has had a bit of criticism] but he is a former England international, seems like a fairly intelligent bloke and has kids who play football at a relatively decent level, while I like the fact he is trying to get involved.

"But my underlying fear is that until there is co-operation between the Premier League and the FA - and I'm not apportioning any blame to either organisation - the problem is insoluble."

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The Sun's Charlie Wyett added: "The England team is not the Premier League's problem.

"They are going to say they want a strong English team as it is good for the Premier League, but the Premier League is the strongest league in the world and doesn't really need the England team to do well."

Dyke insists that the full formation of the commission is yet to be decided, with England midfielders Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho set be asked their views on how to advance English football.

But Daily Mail reporter Martin Samuel believes canvassing the thoughts of a multitude of figures could actually lead to very little being decided, and reckons a small think-tank is what is needed to fix any ills.

"[The FA] should have had a core of half a dozen people and then if you want to take soundings you can, but with this everyone will have different ideas," said Samuel.

"Mills has one on youth football about players not standing on the edge of the penalty area as goalkeepers cannot kick the ball that far, but other youth coaches will differ on that and make counter-arguments.

"Ultimately someone has to sit down and say: 'These are the seven principles we need' but with this you could have a grab-bag of 250 conflicting ideas.

"It all seems a bit unfocussed and could become diluted."

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