The biggest criticism of the club I believe (not just Rosler) is that our scouting network doesn't seem up to scratch which is why we have consistently failed to attract the players. This is ironic given that our backroom staff must be the most expensive and extensive in our history but it's no good if it only identifying kids for the Development squad. I also have a concern that the management team don't see enough games down South and I think that is far from ideal. Both Allen and Scott prided themselves on their extensive knowledge of players (particularly Southern based) and I wonder if Rosler has the same. I would like to know how many southern reserve games or non-league games Rosler or Farrell get to or sends a trusted scout to for example.
I believe that Uwe has the right ideas but the club is not identifying the players to match the ambition and my worry is that this will continue in the summer. I really do think we need to have our management team based in the South and Rosler should be encouraged to relocate if he can't commit enough time because of where he is based.
Whether these issues will be sorted in time for the summer remains to be seen - if our target area is the North West then we're going to continue to struggle to attract decent permanent players. If you're 28 on a good wage playing up there, it's got to be a bloody good offer to want you to come to Brentford.
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I'm also intrigued about why we don't get players from Man City and Bolton given our management team's links. Surely they have players we'd find attractive so perhaps they don't want to send them so far away from their home club when there are so many clubs local to them.
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I am also amazed that we have not been able to use the links with the nextgen thingy. I may be wrong but we were told that with the contacts that would bring would see some real talent down at BFC. Hasn't happened yet IMHO.
The connections with Man City are from a different time, the world has moved on since then and although Uwe is obviously remembered with affection by their fans the management there now doesn't owe him any favours.
If you look at the quality of the loans that Scott managed to get in with those of Uwe there's no comparison.
we should be trawling non league and signing players up and selling them on for profits to plough back into the club.No long term gains getting in loan players and there exactly doing us any good this season
he's an exception to the general rule, goalscorers at the top of the conference are expensive.From the outside our scouting looks s#@t
Development game against West Ham, Robert Hall plays for West Ham, had a succesful spell at Oxford earlier then joins MK Dons on loan. Would have thought he would have been a good short term loan for us? Wonder if we asked? Earlier in the season we were banging on about the technology used by the Dev Squad coaches during the games, maybe they should use on the opposition as well. Maybe someone from our 1st team set up should be watching the D S games but paying more attention to the other side to see if they can spot someone better than we already have?
Reading have a highly evolved development system, it was one of the reasons they gave Brian McDermott the manager's job. We should definitely look to further contacts with them. Obviously Arsenal and Spurs should also be a local source. QPR currently have too many pros on their books, but there won't be many who would drop down into Div One. Southampton could also be a good source, especially if they make it into the Premiership.
What if our next manager is a good mate of Liam Brady or Pat Rice? I suppose that would be George Graham.
Over the last 20+yrs many of our better quality players have come from Non-league teams, rather than the junior set-up. Are we suggesting that the club do not consider this an option/worthwhile any longer?
I wonder whether if we put all our energies into tapping into the non league and foreign markets and buy up cheap young talents and sell them on for big profits that this may be a better business model than the youth scheme?
Of course the big clubs can easily afford all age academies but I agree with your sentiments that it may be more beneficial for a club such as ours to look at lower league developed talent.
Of course football has changed since then, but I would still advocate a blend.
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There is definatly a few gems in non league we should take a chance on, i like to watch a lot of non league games, i really like a young striker called sam higgins who plays for east thurrock in the ryman premier, he has scored 28 goals in 35 games this season and in the last couple of years has scored aroung 94 goals in 115 games which is brilliant and with full time training could definatly make the step up and he is only 21. another is tony stokes at concord rangers who is older but also a very useful striker.
sam wood was decent as well.
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