Thursday 10 October 2013
The Premier League remains resolved to helping The FA's commission being set up by its chairman Greg Dyke to find ways to improve the performances of the English national team.
"We will take a full part in the processes and outputs of the commission and have put the considerable knowledge, experience, research and data at the commission's disposal"
As disclosed in a statement released last month, the Premier League clubs, Board and Executive will all contribute their expertise, knowledge and understanding of the issues and challenges in regard to producing England qualified talent who are of the requisite quality to play both at Premier League and international level.
"The Premier League is part of Greg Dyke's commission," Dan Johnson, the Premier League Director of Communications, said. "We and the clubs agreed last month with The FA that it would be better to engage with it as a collective rather than have one individual attend the meetings. Greg Dyke agreed at the time that this was the best way forward.
"We will take a full part in the processes and outputs of the commission and have put the considerable knowledge, experience, research and data at the commission’s disposal, whether that is drawn from the Premier League Board, Executive or member clubs and their staff.
"There is a huge amount of expertise at our clubs. It has been made absolutely clear that Greg and his team can speak to or gather evidence from Premier League club directors, first-team managers, Academy managers and any other League representatives they feel would benefit the process.
"As our Chairman, Anthony Fry, said back in September: 'There is no doubt around the Premier League table as to the benefits of a national set-up that is thriving and performing well. That is why the Premier League clubs, Board and Executive all signed up to contributing to the process of debate initiated by Greg and helping to identify any appropriate outcomes that will serve to improve standards and delivery in respect of player development.'"
"This position remains wholly unchanged. One thing that will make it much easier for the Premier League to define our precise involvement in the commission is when we receive the terms of reference, details of the secretariat and a timetable."
The Premier League looks forward to hearing further details regarding the commission and working with the FA Chairman, who said last month: "I am pleased that the Premier League clubs, Board and Executive all want to contribute to the Commission I am setting up. There is a great deal of knowledge there and I am sure we will be able to find some very concrete ways of improving the pool of talent available to England managers."