The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

SOME men in football de­velop fan­tas­tic rep­u­ta­tions. Two such men are Gian­franco Zola and Harry Red­knapp. I had rea­son to deal with both of them this week.

First, Gian­franco brought his squad team across to play at our train­ing ground against our squad team last Mon­day. Apart from be­ing a gen­uinely de­cent man, you could not help but ad­mire Gian­franco’s love and in­ten­sity to im­prove his play­ers. And the struc­ture of the way in which his man­age­ment team or­gan­ised them­selves to use the game to de­velop the skills of theWat­ford play­ers was a fine ex­am­ple of teach­ing.

Sec­ond, I had to deal with Harry in re­la­tion to the loan trans­fer to us of Michael Doughty.With ev­ery­thing that he has had go­ing on in the mar­ket, I didn’t ex­pect Harry to be in­volved in young Michael’s loan. But he was.

He showed gen­uine in­ter­est in the well-be­ing and de­vel­op­ment strat­egy for his player. He wanted to make sure that the plan for Michael was right.We spoke for a good time to en­sure that Harry was happy.

That level of com­mit­ment to the in­di­vid­ual player is rare in my ex­pe­ri­ence; it has def­i­nitely helped Harry to build a great name. An­other fine les­son to take on board. The top man­agers have out­stand­ing skill sets. Good names come for good rea­sons.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

DE­CENT MAN: Wat­ford man­ager Gian­franco Zola THIS week­end saw goal line tech­nol­ogy in­tro­duced football. That is to

good; long over­due. But other tech­nol­ogy Penalty is needed too.

box de­ci­sions and red have mas­sive card de­ci­sions

reper­cus­sions in the too many mis­takes game. And far

get made. Surely there a way of giv­ing a ref must be

a wrist­watch de­vice, footage delays of five with im­me­di­ate sec­onds, so he can get

video sight of a pr etty has any ma­jor de­ci­sion where

even a mod­icum of doubt. he All League grounds have easy cam­eras. There will be

ways of link­ing footage suf-fered­from to the r ef. My team

nu­mer­ous penal­ties not year, where footage be­ing given last

clearly showed an award should have been made. be Those in­jus­tices would

avoided if tech­nol­ogy into were al­lowed to walk

the door. I re­alise that im­por­tant im­me­di­acy is

and we can­not keep the game slow­ing

down for re­views. But be­lieve I

get­ting big de­ci­sions right is vi­tal also.

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