The charming Jack Warner blamed the media, as did some of the other FIFA exco members and Blatter was more eloquent in his dismissal of our bid. But maybe losing out wasn’t all that bad after all?
Last week the Government launched a public inquiry into the way football is governed in the UK. They propose to encourage the reform of football governance rules to support the co-operative ownership of football clubs by supporters, and there is widespread concern that the current governance arrangements are not fit-for-purpose.
week, the FA launched it’s ‘The Future Game – Grassroots’ initiative aimed at encouraging a new way of coaching young players in the UK. Running in line with the FA’s new coaching philosophy; the hope is to produce enough technically gifted players to fill a national team that doesn’t consistently disappoint!
So were FIFA right not award us the World Cup in 2018? It certainly seems as if the game in the UK is broken and in need of serious repair. Maybe all that cash earmarked for the World Cup will be spent fixing football’s inherent ills?
What can be said is that football in the UK has had a wake up call, and we now have a chance to help push real change within the football industry. By getting involved we can help make a difference for the good of the game by encouraging a new way of thinking both on and off the pitch.