The technical director Les Reed, made December to triumph Dan Ashworth of the Football Association, thinks England are in touching distance of attaining something special a first big trophy since 1966.
Here Reed, who had been vice-chairman of Southampton before taking up the role at the FA, talks with Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett about his function and coming into St Mary’s before England’s European Qualifier against Kosovo.
Back in Southampton together with the England group, that must be quite a unique moment?
Yes very much so, fantastic. That I know everybody although This was a tiny bit spooky heading back into the practice ground on the first day. They are great facilities and they have been excited to own England and they are people that are fantastic and we have had good feedback from the boys.
I was a bit worried about it is a nice spot to be and what they thought but everyone’s really appreciated it so it’s helped to be more relaxed.
Gareth Southgate’s frequently talked about shooting England around the country, he says you get a different setting and it can benefit, is that whatever that you find?
Yeah, I believe we need to balance off the business part of owning Wembley and also all those people dedicated to long-term agreements in terms of fans going to matches and Wembley.
I had been using all the England team when [Wembley] was knocked down so we moved to Old Trafford, St James’ Park, we travelled to many places and it does help a lot concerning engagement with the fans taking it across the country.
It is getting the balance right. It has been a great practice Together with the Euros being a sort of house tournament but maybe not very.
You’ve been FA Technical Director. It has changed from 17 years back?
Howard Wilkinson was Technical Director so we were growing a thing from scratch. So it was about looking forward to the future and planning it was little, not many individuals, we didn’t possess St George’s Park.
As soon as I return it had been huge, there was 300 employees from the technical department searching following 28 teams all of the way through blind that is para teams.
We need all our teams to have the quality that is highest, the best standards. They are all playing world championships and European championships and St George’s Park has been a incentive to bring this together. It might have been impossible before.
My remit is in fact across all those groups but also all of the support services that go with this, sports, science, sports medicine, talent identification along with a huge coach education department that delivers training from the grassroots all the way through the pro licence through the technical manager’s licence.
It’s a remit with a great deal of staff and I getting to know some of these not all them. It has been really exciting, very distinct from the club function where everything is kind of logical.
It is kind of round the fixture calendar along with the transfer window but each day in this job can be different, so this week I am out on camp with all the seniors a week we had the FIFA Technical Directors’ seminar at St George’s Park, with 28 Technical Directors from around Europe which we hosted, which was a fantastic experience, learning about how they do it everywhere.
It is much larger but it does give us the chance to be in the cutting edge and push things.
Your function proved it is necessary and has had success.
Over these last two weeks we’ve had the seniors preparing to their off games of the women, followed with U18s girls and the U19s , we then had the groups in throughout the groundwork with the initial team.
It was just like a club, we’d the youth teams in, the coaches from the academy at a really, very excellent setting, that is something that the plan for St George’s Park would be, and that’s the top of the academy platform that’s really now starting to deliver quality from the match.
Since the pool of players is getting bigger it is a time, we have got players like Jadon [Sancho] going out to Germany and acquiring that sort of experience that can only be helpful for football.
Is that pool of ability as heavy as it has ever been?
I believe so it will transcend the age groups all that it’s deep. We’ve experienced the’golden generation’, we have had those pockets of one particular age group of talented players but that the work that is done in academies and the gradual development and of the development of St George’s Park and the structure, and also the England DNA, today we have depth.
Because it is deeper, the swimming pool is bigger and it is wider. But there are just so many areas at global level.
Mason Mount Aaron Wan-Bissaka needed to go home injured, and players that have come via the pathway discover that transition a lot easier. They’re relaxed when they step into, they’re cool.
So the other issue is matched with moments on the pitch, so they receive a certain amount of esteem as they are currently playing against the older players each week. So that is the task for us is to get them more minutes on the pitch.
If England guys do not win a trophy do you exude your tenure?
I wouldn’t deem it a failure because I think we’ve got an opportunity to win a decoration but I’d be disappointed. We got close in the world Cup, we learnt a lot of lessons from that, I think that the travel into the semi-final was great for all of us.
I think that it wasn’t expected that we would go that way but it’s a positive that people did. The gamers that underwent who are with us and we have players that have won tournaments before.
We talk a great deal about instructing players to acquire, the pathway is all about teaching them to win, the federal team is all about winning, why would it?
We think there is a really, very talented team of young players that have got an opportunity to mature over the duration of the upcoming European Championship leading into the second World Cup and about the women’s side they’ve done exactly the exact same, they have experienced the semi-final, they’ve qualified for the Olympics, they’re quite enthusiastic about that.
So the chances are there. Individuals will assess whether my tenure has been a failure if we do not win it, but that’s what I’ve set out to attempt to reach.
My job would be to get those extra inches, so the marginal gains which so often get mentioned to take us from semi-finalists, to finaliststo winners, so Gareth and Phil [Neville], particularly at the older end, can concentrate on choosing the appropriate teams, getting the strategies right and winning those matches.
We do not want to have any explanations that it had been anything else which stopped it being done by us. My job would be the system to make it operate.
Is Gareth Southgate the very best trainer in world football in your view?
I think that the matter with Gareth is he’s put a profile for a role model for what the team coach should be like. So you have said it yourself there, he knows the pathway.
He was the U21 trainer but he was when he came for that pathway to its groups in responsible. So Gareth’s got understanding of the players on the pathway that is what you want from the global manager.
Before we have had great supervisors, they’ve won Champions Leagues, they have won the Premier League, they have won tournaments, but as club managers and there’s a difference.
Gareth’s very own pathway to this role continues to be a huge advantage, because now we’ve obtained the profile, we’ve got the perfect person, that which we have to do today is make certain that’s the profile of coach we’re growing for the future.
Could you be confident that you could persuade him to remain When there came a Premier League club in?
Definitely. It would be a difficult request based on what he had been offered. But I understand Gareth’s mindset at the moment is that he wishes to be a England manager that wins something, needs to be an England manager who is successful in Europe.
I believe of becoming the next England boss to take us into some World Cup 18, the fascination is a powerful pull and I believe he knows that by doing that his stock’s not going to return.
I understand Gareth’s motivation is developing that team and with this particular team although obviously it’s something that we’ve got at the back of our heads. It’d depend on which arrived but I believe in the moment Gareth’s only focus is to win matches.
You’ve been in football a long time and had a great deal of roles. . Have any been as fascinating?
I believe it’s a job that gives me a chance to bring that experience from trainer education from the national team so I’ve been blessed to have a whole career, to the table on lots of different histories.
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