Originally Posted by crosscourt
I am sure that a lot of what you say is true. The thing about possession is that it helps you to do all the things you are talking about. If you don't have the ball you have to chase it. The longer you have to chase it the less you are able to do when you have it. The more chasers you have the fewer creators. What you want England to do is a function of possession and their lack of it.
This debate started with the shortcomings of our defence. What we want first is the ability to control the ball defensively. People are now starting to realise that the great strength and purpose in Spain's game is defending and that possession is everything to that, together with the ability to convert defence to attack. All things being equal international football matches are won by the team that recycles the ball most efficiently. Take the ball away from danger for you and put it somewhere dangerous for them. And then when they regroup, move it again.
There won't be a revolution of change in English football unless you change the technical director at the FA, Manager & whole coaching philosophy. (as Ross K wants?)
Clive Woodward said it all before, then did it with English Rugby.
It is possible to do it but you have to survive & want to put up with a lot of non-believers for 10 years. If you can get more people to buy into it you may survive longer. Woodward did really well with his time.
To change the mindset in football, It would make too many people uncomfortable for too long. You would need lots of backing & PR to do this.
For the playing style to change everyone has to commit & buy into the system, moving the ball around will be the easy part.
I agree with what you say, it is simple coaching practice for many football, hockey & even waterpolo codes.
I wish England well.