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FA technical director Les Reed: Gareth Southgate wants to win with England

The Football Association’s technical director Les Reed, made last December to triumph Dan Ashworth, thinks England are in touching distance of attaining something underneath Gareth Southgate — a first significant trophy since 1966.
Here before taking up the role at the FA, Reed, that was vice-chairman of Southampton, talks with Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett concerning his job and coming into St Mary’s before England Qualifier from Kosovo.
Back in Southampton together with the England group, that has to be quite a moment?
Yes very much so, fantastic. This was a little bit spooky moving back to the practice ground on the very first day but that I know everyone . They are wonderful facilities and they were so excited to have England there training, and they are folks and we’ve had good feedback from the boys.
I was a tiny bit worried about it’s a great spot to be and what they thought but everyone appreciated it it’s helped to be more relaxed.
Gareth Southgate’s frequently talked about it can benefit and shooting England around the country, he says you get a setting that is different, is that something that you find?
Yeah, I think we have to balance the company part of possessing all those individuals dedicated to long-term arrangements concerning fans going to matches and Wembley and Wembley off.
I was together using all the England team when [Wembley] was being knocked down so we moved to Old Trafford, St James’ Park, we travelled into a number of places and it will help a lot concerning involvement with the lovers taking it across the country.
It’s getting the balance right. It’s been a really good exercise, Together with the Euros being a kind of house tournament but not very.
You have been FA Technical Director before. How it has changed from 17 years ago?
Howard Wilkinson was Technical Director therefore something was developing from scratch then. So that it was all about planning and looking forward to the future it was small, very few folks, we did not have St George’s Park.
As soon as I return it had been enormous, there was 300 personnel from the department searching following 28 teams all the way through teams.
We want our teams to get the quality that is best, the best standards. They are currently playing in world championships and European championships and also St George’s Park is a wonderful incentive to bring all this together. It might have been hopeless.
My remit is really across all of those groups but also all the support services which go with that, sports science, sports medicine, talent identification plus also a massive coach education department that delivers coaching from the grassroots all the way through the pro licence through the technical director’s licence.
It is a large remit with a great deal of employees and I’m only getting to know some of these not all of them. Where everything is sort of logical it’s been exciting, very distinct from the club function.
It’s kind of around the fixture calendar along with the transfer window but every day in this job can differ, so this week I’m outside on camp with the seniors a week we had the FIFA Technical Managers’ seminar at St George’s Park, with 28 Technical Directors from across Europe that we hosted, and that was a fantastic adventure, learning how they do it everywhere.
It is much, much larger but it does give us the opportunity to be at the very edge and push things such as the future of English football.
Your role demonstrated it’s necessary and has had success.
We’ve had the seniors preparing to their off games of the women, followed with the U19s and U18s women, we then had the groups in throughout the groundwork with the team.
It was just like a club, so we had the youth clubs inside, the coaches out of your academy in a really, very good feeling, that is something that the strategy for St George’s Park is, and that’s the surface of the academy system which is really now starting to deliver quality in the game.
As the pool of players is getting bigger it’s a time, we’ve got players like Jadon [Sancho] heading out to Germany and acquiring that sort of experience which can only be helpful for football.
Is that pool of talent too heavy as it’s ever been?
I think it’s profound so it will transcend the age groups all. We have had the’golden generation’, we’ve experienced those pockets of one specific age group of talented players but that the job that is performed in academies and the slow development and of the growth of St George’s Park and the construction, along with also the England DNA, today we’ve got depth.
The swimming pool is bigger because it is deeper and it is wider. But there are so many areas at international level.
Mason Mount, unfortunately Aaron Wan-Bissaka had to go home injured, and gamers that have come via the pathway find that transition easier. If they step into, they are relaxed, they are cool.
So the other issue is matched with moments on the pitch, they receive a certain amount of respect as they’re playing against the elderly players each week. So that is the next job for us is to receive them more moments to the pitch.
If England’s older men do not win a trophy would you exude your tenure for a failure?
I wouldn’t deem it a loser because I think we’ve got an opportunity to win a trophy but I’d be disappointed. We got shut at the world Cupwe learnt a great deal of lessons from that, I believe the journey to the semi-final was great for us.
I believe it wasn’t anticipated that we would go that far but it’s a positive that people did. The players that underwent that are still together and we’ve got players that have won tournaments before.
We talk a lot about teaching players to win the team is all about winning, why do it?
We think there’s a really, really talented team of players who have an chance to mature over the span of the upcoming European Championship leading in the next World Cup and about the women’s side they have done exactly the same, they’ve undergone the semi-final, they have qualified for the Olympics, they are very enthusiastic about that.
So the opportunities are there. Individuals will judge if my biography was a collapse if we do not win it, but that’s what I have set out to attempt to reach.
My job would be to get those additional inches, so the marginal profits that so often get said to take us from semi-finalists, to finalists, to winners, therefore Gareth and Phil [Neville], especially at the senior end, can concentrate on picking the appropriate teams, getting the strategies right and winning these games.
We do not need any excuses that it was anything which stopped this being done by us. My job would be the system to allow it to run smoothly.
Is Gareth Southgate the coach in world soccer in your opinion?
I believe that the thing with Gareth is he has set a profile as a role model for that which the federal team coach needs to be like. So you have said there, he understands the pathway.
He had been the mentor when he came for this particular pathway to the elite teams in accountable, but he was . So Gareth’s got unbelievable understanding of the players around the pathway that is what you want from your international manager.
In the past we have had good managers, they have won Champions Leagues, they have won the Premier League, they have won tournaments, but as club managers and a difference is there.
Gareth’s own pathway for this function has been a huge advantage, because now we’ve got the profile, we’ve got the perfect person, that which we must do today is make certain that is the profile of coach we’re growing for the future.
If a Premier League club arrived in, would you be convinced you could persuade him to stay?
Definitely. It could be a tough request based upon what he had been offered. However, I understand Gareth’s mindset at the moment is that he wishes to be an England manager that wins something, needs to be an England manager who is successful in Europe.
I believe the fascination of being the next England boss to take us into some World Cup final is a powerful pull and I believe by doing that his stock is not going to return, he knows that.
It’s something that we’ve got in the back of our heads but I understand that Gareth’s motivation is developing this group moving forward and with this group. It would depend on which came up but I think in the second Gareth’s sole focus is to win games.
You’ve been in football a long time and had a whole great deal of roles. . Have any been as exciting?
I think it is a job that gives a chance to bring that experience to the table to a number of fronts to me.
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