I would say Dario Gradi. What he did with the production of many talented young players is so rare that it is kind of a missing link in English football. If you have somebody at a very unlikely club who is doing that… imagine if every small English club were like Crewe, then we wouldn’t be where we are now. English youth football has really been a very grim terrain for decades of long balls and coaches picking and valuing the biggest kid, complete macho values, no tactics. Tournaments are not lost by the manager of the team, but when kids are eight years old.
3 years ago
Financial Times columnist, author several books on football including the award-winning Soccernomics. @KuperSimon