GREAT CLUBS HAVE FAB­RIC

The Football League Paper - - GRAHAM WESTLEY -

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.

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