Holloway calls for overhaul

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway
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IAN Holloway has called for an overhaul of youth football in England.

The Blackpool boss also revealed one of his young starlets was pinched by Manchester City.

The club’s Under-12 goalkeeper last week moved to the academy at the Etihad.

And Holloway believes more should be done to develop young talent.

He wrote in his national newspaper column: “Premier League clubs now basically stack and rack the best young players. The talent that will go to waste doesn’t bear thinking about.

“It’s a system that tells youngsters there is only one route into the England team.

“I would love to establish a youth development system at Blackpool but the cost of doing so is impossible to justify now more than ever.

“We are looking to introduce an Elite Development Squad for the 19-21 age group (as outlined in The Gazette by chairman Karl Oyston last Friday), aimed at the players who do stay on after coming through our School of Excellence, and I hope to appoint a dedicated coach this week.”

As for the young keeper Pool have lost to City, Holloway added: “In two years’ time, after the World Cup, when questions are being asked about why England don’t produce enough top footballers, I’ll probably wonder how he’s getting on.”

Only a handful of players have come through Blackpool’s youth system in recent years, a trend evident all over the Football League.

And Holloway claims this is the main reason for the failings of the national side.

He said: “The bottom line is that we just don’t produce enough players who are technically and tactically good enough to compete at an elite level.”

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