The UEFA Professional Diploma is officially in the bag or should
I say proudly displayed on the wall, it took a year of hard work
and many hours of doing assignments, modules, and course work.
It has been well worth it though and I have learned a great deal,
aside from the staff at the FA, I would also like to thank my fellow
candidates for their help and support it was great learning experience
for me and I feel very proud to have this qualification.
The question that was on many of the candidates minds was will
this top qualification mean more opportunities or better jobs?
I think it is safe to say that even though UEFA have indicated
that the English UEFA Diploma is one of the better and harder qualifications
to get it won’t mean as much in England as it will in the
rest of the world! Amazing when you think about it but sadly true,
it is about time that the decision makers in England give the Pro
Licence the respect it deserves. It is in essence equivalent to
a PhD in football and is the highest coaching qualification there
is world wide.
After yet another failed attempt at International level in Euro
2004 perhaps it is time we changed our attitudes and started to
appoint people who are qualified to lead our teams at club level
this may in turn produce better players at all levels - something
to think about?
Euro 2004 is over and what a fantastic achievement for Otto Rehhagel
and his Greek team and being half Greek I am absolutely delighted
for Greece and all its supporters. Hopefully this will improve
things in football terms there and raise the profile of Greek football
and its teams and players alike.
Closer to home I have just completed a course for FIFA in Iran
to be precise in a city called Qom which is a very religious place
for Muslims. I went to the holy shrine of Hadhrat Fatimah Ma’Sumah
which is the main attraction for many people who visit and it really
is a wonderful site. The work that went into the building and the
maintenance of it is incredible.
The course went well and as always the people of Iran were very hospitable
and I look forward to going back there some time in the future. Staying with
FIFA news I have been invited to Germany where we will be instructed on how
to deliver the new Futuro courses for FIFA and then I am back in India as we
prepare to go to Vietnam for the LG Cup.
I would like to end this months latest news with a big Thank
you to the girls in my life, my wife Lucy who in all our time together
has always supported my quest for knowledge and the need to improve
myself and put up with long periods of being on her own, it is
because of her that I am able to do what I do. To my two beautiful
daughters who have to put up with long bouts of me not being there
which as you can imagine is tough for me and even tougher for them
- they have been brilliant.
As usual I have received so many letters and emails from Indians
all over the world who have read the latest interview I did on
indianfootball.com and I would like to thank them all for their
support and their understanding.
Well until next month
See you at the Far Post