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article imageLMA hosts European managers and coaches forum at St George's Park

By Edward Robinson     Mar 13, 2013 in Sports
The League Managers Association hosted the first European managers and coaches forum at St George's park, bringing together high profile British managers and overseas head coaches to discuss and share information on important issues affecting football.
Football Association, UK - The Castrol and LMA sponsored Forum took place at St George's park, the new state of the art home of training, education and development for English football from 13-15 January 2013.
Sir Alex Ferguson and Chairman of the LMA - Howard Wilkinson were present at the inaugural Castrol LMA European Managers and Coaches Forum at St George's park in January along with a host of high profile British and overseas head coaches, to discuss and share insight and information on the most important issues affecting football and the modern day manager.
The Manchester United manager spoke of his delight at his role and the importance of the LMA in helping young and gifted coaches to develop by sharing knowledge and experience to assist the on-going evolvement of football. He Said:
'The work we undertake at the LMA is extremely important. Within our ranks we have an array of gifted managers both past and present with vast experience and a wealth of knowledge to share. We all have a role to play in helping to develop younger managers who are just starting their careers or indeed trying to get their first step on the managerial ladder. Hopefully the ideas, views and suggestions shared at this Forum will have an extremely positive impact and be of real value to all of football’s stakeholders.'
The aim of the two day meeting was to create an environment where football's elite could come together as peers and friends to share knowledge, experience and future vision for the game through discussion and debate.Together, the collective experience of those in attendance amounted to over 15,000 matches
The main topics disguised included Video Technology - How far should it extend and how can it be implemented? Simulation and dissent - how can it be stopped? The future game - Playing philosophies in light of key trends within the game. Financial fair play - Can it work? and finally the possibility of a winter break.
The event was also supported by Castrol, the official performance partner for the LMA. Steve Sedgwick, Europe and African marketing communications manager at Castrol said:
'Since Castrol’s first steps into football at UEFA Euro 2008, we’ve tried to give fans insight into football performance through things such as the Castrol Index and Castrol Rankings. By partnering with the LMA to create the Managers Forum, we’re moving from a top level analysis of matches down to an analysis of the roots of the game, which we hope will help shape the sport in the future.'
In addition, 20 of the FA's new UEFA Pro Licence students embarked on their managerial journey by joining footballs elite at the forum.
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