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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 October 2006, 13:14 GMT
Burns wants clarity for Brooking
Sir Trevor Brooking
Brooking is worried about the long-term future of developing youngsters
Lord Burns has called on the Football Association to ensure Sir Trevor Brooking's role as director of football development is given more clarity.

The FA has voted to adopt Burns' report to revamp the governing body but he told BBC Five Live Sport that Brooking, in particular, needs more help.

"The arrangements as they've been have not been easy for him," said Burns.

"A clearer policy how development is going to work is required - clubs have an interest but so do other bodies."

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

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.

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.

"He has an important role, which is making sure talented footballers are able to reach their potential," added Burns.

"Trevor Brooking was a greatly admired footballer. He is someone who has the confidence of a lot of people in the football world.

"It is very important the things he is trying to do are successful."

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