The Football Association director Les Reed, appointed to succeed Dan Ashworth, believes England are in touching distance of attaining something underneath Gareth Southgate — a first significant trophy since 1966.
Here before taking up the role in the FA Reed, who had been vice-chairman of Southampton, talks with Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett concerning his role and returning to St Mary’s before England’s European Qualifier against Kosovo.
Back in Southampton with the England team, that must be a particular moment?
Yes very much so, amazing. This was a bit spooky heading back into the training ground on the very first day but that I know everyone there. They are fabulous folks and they have been so excited to have England and they’re facilities that are fantastic and we’ve had great feedback from the boys.
I was a tiny bit worried about it’s a wonderful place and what they believed but everyone’s really enjoyed it so it’s helped to become more relaxed.
Gareth Southgate talked about he says you get another setting and it might help, is?
Yeah, I think we have to balance off the company element of possessing Wembley and all those individuals committed to long-term agreements in terms of fans and Wembley.
I was with all the England team when [Wembley] was being knocked down so we moved to Old Trafford, St James’ Park, we travelled into many areas and it does help a lot concerning involvement with the fans taking it around the country.
It’s getting the balance right. Together with the Euros being a sort of home tournament but not very, it’s been a great practice to do it this time.
You have been FA Technical Director. How it has changed from 17 decades back?
Howard Wilkinson was Technical Director so we were growing a thing from scratch afterward. So that it was all about planning and looking to the future it was folks, we didn’t possess St George’s Park.
There was 300 staff from the department searching after 28 teams all the way through para blind teams As soon as I return it had been huge.
We need our teams to get the best standards, the quality that is best. They are all playing in world championships and European championships and also St George’s Park has been a fantastic incentive to bring this together. It might have been hopeless.
My remit is in fact across all those groups but also all of the support services that go with that, sports, science, sports medicine, talent identification along with a huge coach education department that delivers training from the grassroots all the way through the pro licence through to the technical director’s licence.
It is a problem with a great deal of staff and I’m just getting to know a number of them not them all. Where everything is logical it has been exciting, very distinct from the club role.
It’s kind of round the fixture calendar and also the transfer window but every day in this job can be different, so this week I am outside on camp with all the seniors last week we had the FIFA Technical Managers’ conference at St George’s Park, using 28 Technical Directors from around Europe which we hosted, and that was a fantastic experience, learning about how they do it elsewhere.
It’s much, much larger but it will give us the chance to be at the cutting edge and push on things.
Your function proved it’s needed and has had success.
Over these two weeks we’ve had the women’s seniors preparing for their off games, followed with U18s women and the U19s we had the younger teams in during the groundwork with the team.
It was just like a club, so we’d the youth groups inside, the coaches out of the academy in a really, really good atmosphere, that is something that the program for St George’s Park is, and that is the surface of the academy system that’s really now starting to deliver quality in the sport.
It’s a really enjoyable time as the pool of talented players is getting bigger, we have got players such as Jadon [Sancho] acquiring that sort of experience which can only be helpful for global football and heading out to Germany.
Is that pool of ability too deep as it has ever been?
I think it’s profound today so it does transcend the age groups all. We’ve had the’golden generation’, we have experienced those pockets of one particular age band of talented players but that the work that is performed in academies along with the slow development and also of the growth of St George’s Park and the construction, and also the England DNA, now we’ve got depth.
Because it is deeper the pool is larger and it is wider. But there are just so many areas at international level.
Mason Mount, sadly Aaron Wan-Bissaka needed to go home injured, and gamers who have come via the pathway find that transition easier. They’re relaxed, If they step in, they’re cool.
Because they’re playing against the older players every week as 32, so another issue is paired with moments on the pitch, and they get a certain amount of esteem. So that is the next job for us will be to get them more moments on the pitch.
If the senior men of England don’t win a trophy would you deem your tenure?
I would not deem it a failure because I believe we have got an opportunity to win a 24, but I would be disappointed. We got shut in the world Cup, we learnt a lot of lessons from that, I believe that the journey to the semi-final was great.
I believe that it wasn’t anticipated that we’d go that way but it is a fantastic optimistic that people did. The gamers who underwent who are still with us and we’ve got players who have won tournaments before.
We talk a great deal about instructing gamers to win, the pathway is all about teaching them to triumph, the team is about winning, otherwise why would it?
We believe there is a really, really talented group of young players that have an chance to mature over the duration of the next European Championship leading in the second World Cup and on the women’s side they’ve completed the exact same, they have experienced the semi-final, they have qualified for the Olympics, they’re quite excited about that.
So the opportunities are there. Folks would assess whether my tenure was a collapse if we do not win it, but that’s what I have set out to try and achieve.
My job is to locate those additional inches, so the marginal gains that so often get said to take from semi-finalists, to finaliststo winners, so Gareth and Phil [Neville], particularly in the older end, can focus on choosing the correct teams, obtaining the strategies right and winning these matches.
We do not want to have any excuses that it had been anything that stopped this being done by us. My occupation is to oil the system to allow it to run.
Is Gareth Southgate that the very best mentor in world football in your opinion?
I think that the thing with Gareth is he’s set a profile for that which the team coach should be like, for a role model. So you’ve said it yourself there, he knows the pathway.
He had been the mentor when he came in responsible for that pathway for its elite 22, but he was also. Thus Gareth’s got unbelievable knowledge of the players on the pathway that is what you want from the international manager.
In the past we’ve had good supervisors, they have won Champions Leagues, they’ve won the Premier League, they have won tournaments, but as team managers and there is a difference.
Gareth’s very own pathway for this function has been a major advantage, since today we have got the profile, we’ve got the right individual, that which we must do today is make sure that is the profile of trainer we are growing for the future.
Would you be convinced that you might convince him to remain When a Premier League club arrived in?
Definitely. It would be a tough ask based upon what he had been offered. But I understand Gareth’s mindset at the moment is that he wants to be a England manager that wins something, wants to be an England manager who is successful in Europe.
I believe the fascination of being the next England boss to draw us is a powerful pull and also I believe by doing his stock’s not going to return he understands that.
I understand that Gareth’s motivation is using this group and developing that group moving forward although it’s something that we have in the back of our minds. It’d depend on which arrived but I believe at the second Gareth’s sole focus is to win games with all the England team.
Youhad a whole great deal of roles and’ve been in football a long time. . Have any been as fascinating as this?
I think that it’s a role that gives me an opportunity to bring that expertise from trainer schooling from the team so I’ve been blessed to have a whole career, to the table on lots of different fronts.
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