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Managers Support Introduction of Goalline Technology According to Survey

Tue 20th Nov 2012 | IT & Technology

Managers and coaches across Europe have shown their support to the introduction of goalline technology in a survey conducted by the League Managers Association (LMA).

The LMA, along with its official performance partner Castrol, have published the inaugural Annual Castrol LMA European Managers and Coaches Survey today which gathers the views of top-level managers across Europe on the most important issues in modern football.

The survey, the first of its kind, revealed 62% of managers and coaches across Europe support the introduction of not just goal line but also video technology with 63% deeming that football should consider using a decision referral system where referees themselves should have the authority to clarify certain match incidents.

Developed to collate and better understand the collective views of managers and coaches from 19 different nationalities across Europe, including the full membership of the LMA, the report studies the technical and other matters which affect the game on a domestic and international level.

Other key points and outcomes from the results of the survey are as follows:

  • Respondents identified a professional referee training academy as the main factor that could help improve the standards of refereeing, and also that refereeing was the main area that could help improve the overall standard of the game
  • 83% of respondents considered that the handball rule requires further clarification
  • 65% of respondents deemed the 'denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity'(DOGSO), triple jeopardy law (penalty, sending off, suspension) as unfair
  • 69% of respondents opposed the current dates for the transfer window
  • 72% of respondents are in favour of a reduction in international friendlies

 

Viewed as an annual snapshot on important topics that shape the game and the working environment for managers and coaches, the report is expected to guide the LMA's thinking and representation of its membership, as well as identifying trends and developments at the heart of the game.

Howard Wilkinson, Chairman of the LMA said; "I am delighted that the LMA, in conjunction with Castrol, have produced this groundbreaking survey of European managers' and coaches' views on issues crucial to the game and themselves.

“Consultation is the mother of progress and change, and these views objectively represented, will surely be the basis for better cooperation between governance and practitioner."

Adding his views, Richard Bevan, Chief Executive of the LMA said; "The results of this survey are fascinating and demonstrate the value of the collective views of managers and coaches across Europe.

“Obtaining such valuable information is vital for the overall development and benefit of the game. The LMA would like to thank all of the managers and coaches who completed the survey and we now looking forward to sharing this information with football's stakeholders."

The report has been given the backing of many high profile managers and coaches including Real Madrid manager, José Mourinho, who added; "It is vital for the future of football that the combined views and opinions of managers are collected and listened to.

“This LMA Survey is so important because it deals with the issues that affect managers each and every day, from rules and regulations, to technology, transfers and finances.

“It brings together managers and coaches across Europe, demonstrating the subjects we feel strongly about and provides real insights from managers based on our combined experience. The results of the Survey should be used to benefit and help shape the overall development and progress of football."

 

 

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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