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Issue #18: Top Stories

PDP Assistant Editor, Jon Hoggard, takes a lighthearted look at some of the recent top stories in world football, through the eyes of the Player Development Project.


Culture of fear driving the merry-go-round?

Roy Hodgson, Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew managing in the Premier League. Name the year. 2005? Nope, 2017. Why do the same few figures keep cropping up at the top tier in English football? It’s partly down to fear. West Brom, Everton and Crystal Palace are not expecting these managers to do anything other than keep the status quo; to keep at bay the terrifying prospect of relegation to the Championship, and the financial implications that come from dropping into that notoriously difficult league. Or worse still, the possibility of ‘doing a Leeds’ and plummeting through the tiers.

Development, progress, ambition. All are missing from these appointments – they’re a safe pair of hands and on that basis can command huge contracts. The knock-on effects of these fear-driven managerial appointments are a lack of development opportunities for players and younger managers. Can you risk playing that...

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