GREAT CLUBS HAVE FABRIC
IT HAS been a disappointing week for English football as Manchester City and Arsenal were beaten at home in the Champions League.
Two foreign coaches of English sides were defeated by two foreign coaches at great European clubs.
Which left me pondering: is it the coaching or the club that makes the real difference?
There is one thing I notice about those great clubs. They all have a dynasty embedded within them. Their former great players are worked into the fabric of the club in meaningful ways.
They become directors, ambassadors, coaches, youth developers and even managers.
Remember how the Liverpool dynasty served it so well. How the Boot Room kept them at the top of the European game in the Seventies.
Manchester United are embedding many of their recent greats into the fabric for their future. I can see clearly where they might be coming from and many clubs could learn to value their past much more to fuel their future.