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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 August 2006, 13:09 GMT 14:09 UK
Brooking insists he will not quit
Brooking (right) says FA chief executive Brian Barwick is more interested in the professional game than the sport's grassroots
I've found I can't do much

FA director of football development Trevor Brooking (right)
Football Association director of development Sir Trevor Brooking has vowed not to quit after criticism from Football League chief Brian Mawhinney.

The pair have been at loggerheads after Brooking claimed his planned changes in youth development were being prevented.

Brooking's comments were labelled "outbursts" by Mawhinney, who added that he was "not impressed".

But Brooking told the London Evening Standard: "I'm not going to quit. I disagree with most of what Brian says."

He continued: "I've got to stick up for what I believe is best for the game.

"If England fail to win a trophy with the current crop of players within the next six years, I don't think we'll do it in the following six years either.

"The players will not be good enough. I'm trying to highlight these issues. I believe there should be a debate about the problems we are confronting."

Brooking has said his attempts to drive through changes to the way youngsters are coached in England were being hindered by opposition from factions within the FA.

"At the moment I think the development of the game is at a standstill," Brooking, who was appointed to his role by former FA chief executive Mark Palios, told The Times newspaper on Monday.

"Everything I've tried to do has been blocked. I said that after the World Cup I think we should have more of a public debate about it. At the moment all of this is a very enclosed internal discussion and I'm not involved with that.

I am not impressed with Sir Trevor's arguments or the methodology

Football League chairman Lord Mawhinney

"When I went to the governing body I was hoping that I could do things but really...I've found I can't do much."

Brooking, who has concentrated on the 5-11 age range, cites the declining number of available pitches as one part of the problem.

But he also believes some professional clubs are deliberately bypassing the FA in developing young players, and that the FA needs to be stronger in order to stand up to them.

And he is also keen to "revamp" the FA Charter for Quality - created by Howard Wilkinson in 1997 - which the club-run youth academies adhere to.

"I think the governing body should be stronger, that's my personal opinion," he said.

BBC Sport understands the FA has distanced itself from Brooking's comments, viewing them purely as a personal opinion.

Mawhinney, who was elected to the FA board in July, said the timing of Brooking's complaints suggested a campaign to undermine FA chief executive Brian Barwick.

"His first was just as Brian was going on holiday and this latest outburst was while he was still on holiday," said Mawhinney.

"Sir Trevor is not answerable to me but the chief executive. He is on holiday, which does raise more questions about why these outbursts came at this time but I have no doubt they will be on his agenda when he comes back.

Anything you want to do, you haven't got the money

FA director of football development Trevor Brooking

"It is up to Brian what to do, but my opinion is that I am not impressed with Sir Trevor's arguments or the methodology.

"In this country about 65m is spent each year on youth development between ages of eight and 18.

"About 30m comes from Premier League clubs, about 30m from Football League clubs - and about 4.2m from the FA.

"Every coach out there in youth development has to be licensed by the FA to be proficient to do their job.

"So if the coaching is not very good, the FA has a problem. Incidentally, the licensing of those coaches is the responsibility of Sir Trevor's department."

Brooking says his plans to modernise the coaching of young players in England have also been compromised by the FA's failure to implement last August's Burns Report which recommended restructuring the organisation.

"Because of the Burns review, most budgets are frozen," added Brooking.

"That is going on indefinitely so anything you want to do, you haven't got the money. Considering that football's supposed to have a good deal of money swirling around, it's pretty frustrating that the governing body can't spend it."

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