Alistair Gray: "It's the short-term aim of the manager to get a quick fix to save their job over the course of the season. [In Scotland] someone who is a plumber during the day, and they [coach] during the evening or at the weekends, they can't take the time off to do formal coaching qualifications. Inverness Caley Thistle can't afford a development programme let alone employ someone to manage that programme. Caley Thistle beat off interest from Dunfermline Athletic, Dundee and Raith Rovers to bring the 20-year-old to the Caledonian Stadium. They've got some performance outcomes that include the number of 18-21 year old players in the first-team and also the players who have come through to international squads and it's not an insignificant amount. He could make his competitive debut for the club when the League Cup starts on Tuesday, October 6. Scottish football can't afford to employ coaches at development level. With Aberdeen, I had two centres, one in Edinburgh and one in Dundee, that I had to close because we couldn't afford it and we had only one full-time coach. Only St Johnstone reached the informal target of 75% of their players being Scottish, while, of the 25 who played for Inverness Caledonian Thistle last season, only five were Scottish. A large number of them aren't coaching at a level where they're able to deliver the benefit of the coaching they've had. It will be a pragmatic but impactful series of recommendations that come out in the next few months. They really didn't have the appetite or the resources to do so over the last few years. Celtic can and Rangers could. There are 200 part-time coaches, but there's no sense of community amongst these coaches. It will be a pragmatic but impactful series of recommendations that come out in the next few months.". We haven't professionalised youth coaching enough. There are now 31 academies, when there are 50-odd in Germany. In Germany, post-2000, after they messed up in the European Championships, one of the biggest things they did was double the number of full-time coaches, so there was a career for the coaches. There's no magic in this, it's about the systematic development of young people and giving them game time in a competitive situation. 31/10 FT . "Targets are really important, if you can get clubs to buy in. ", "We're not seeing any signs of [progress] and we're five years into it. ", Alistair Gray: "There are some good things going on and we're learning from the first four years of the programme and making a small number of changes that will make a significant impact. 1. If you can imagine a high-performance sports school attached to a football club academy, that's the route we're going down. "The performance schools have only been performing for three years, so the players will be coming towards under-16 now. Inverness Caley Thistle can't afford a development programme let alone employ someone to manage that programme. Our young players train 10 times a week. I know of one Premiership club that is putting one of their youth coaches out to manage a League Two club next year. There are 200 part-time coaches, but there's no sense of community amongst these coaches. That's a very positive sign, a bit like a loan. I don't think it's the manager, the club employs the manager, so if you're a board of directors and you have a policy of one [academy graduate into the first-team squad] a season into your squad then you tell the manager that. I don't think we can compare ourselves with Germany, with a population of 80m people and funds coming out their ears. Alistair Gray: "The performance schools have only been performing for three years, so the players will be coming towards under-16 now. Are we identifying the future Scot Gemmills? Something has to be done in the area of coaching so that profession is valued. The only pathway for that top coach is to become the first-team manager to make a salary that is sufficient to support his family. ", Scot Gemmill: "I really believe the players have got good potential and their results are suggesting that. Inverness Caledonian Thistle ICT. That's across the age groups. That's a very positive sign, a bit like a loan. The style of play is better amongst the young teams, they're building up from the back, pass completion is better. With Aberdeen, I had two centres, one in Edinburgh and one in Dundee, that I had to close because we couldn't afford it and we had only one full-time coach. "The other thing the Scottish FA has done in recent years is focus the resources in terms of the amount of money they're giving clubs. There's an open dialogue between myself, the manager and the sporting director.". That's across the age groups. Five years have passed since the Scottish Football Association drew up its performance strategy. Something has to be done in the area of coaching so that profession is valued. In the Scottish Premiership, five clubs finished the campaign with less than half of the players who appeared for them being Scottish. Read about our approach to external linking. SCO C. SCO C. HOM HOM. BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound brought together Willie Miller, former Aberdeen director of football, Alistair Gray, who the SFA consulted on the performance strategy and who now chairs a committee of club representatives reviewing Club Academy Scotland, Scotland Under-17 coach, Scot Gemmill, and Tommy Wilson, the former Rangers youth coach and now academy director of Major League Soccer club Philadelphia Union, to discuss the issue. "There are 50 full-time coaches in the current Club Academy Scotland system; it could be more. ", "There are some good things going on and we're learning from the first four years of the programme and making a small number of changes that will make a significant impact. ", "We have produced a number of top coaches and managers [through the SFA's coaching courses] and not produced top players. ", Tommy Wilson: "Our overall budget [at Philadelphia Union] is more than I had at Rangers. I have some targets to try to get some players into the first-team, but there's not a directive. I don't think we can compare ourselves with Germany, with a population of 80m people and funds coming out their ears. The key thing is to reduce the number of academies - there are 2,500 players in the Club Academy Scotland system - and that number has to reduce and more has to be done with the [best] players. © 2020 - Highland News and Media Ltd. All rights reserved. We have more full-time coaches in our academy. Scotland's absence from the European Championship finals has provoked the wider question about the quality of Scottish players. [Jack] Grimmer, [Fraser] Fyvie, Ryan Fraser - there's three players that could have been in the first-team.". Last updated on 14 June 201614 June 2016.From the section Football. We should be looking at Iceland. 3 . These players beat Mexico 3-1. [In Scotland] someone who is a plumber during the day, and they [coach] during the evening or at the weekends, they can't take the time off to do formal coaching qualifications. The bench is full of youngsters. "The [SFA] coaching courses are well regarded and endorsed by Uefa, but once someone has their badge, where do they go? Only St Johnstone reached the informal target of 75% of their players being Scottish, while, of the 25 who played for Inverness Caledonian Thistle last season, only five were Scottish.

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