Steve McClaren: Greg Dyke bullish with plans for England

Last Updated: 23/09/13 12:11pm

Former England manager Steve McClaren told The Footballers' Football Show that new FA chairman Greg Dyke will be bullish with his plans, but will have fires to fight in the football world.

Last week Dyke set England the target of winning the World Cup in 2022 along with outlining a strategy to increase the quota of English players in the Premier League.

But McClaren says it's important for the FA to get a 10-year plan together straight away.

He said: "The Germans were very good at organisation and mentally were very good, but they lacked technique and a little bit of physique as well and that final mentality to go beyond and win, and that's what they worked on for the 10 years.

"They worked a lot on technique, they worked a lot on game intelligence, they worked a lot on decision making and now they're producing players like a conveyor belt who are physically very good, mentally very good and technically and intelligently adaptable. They've got the four ingredients which make them one of the top teams that can win a tournament.

"It's about winning in the short term - what Roy Hodgson has to do and planning for the long term, which is what Greg Dyke has to do. He has to fight the Premier League, he has to get the quota of English players up and that's just the tip of the iceberg for me.

"The real problems are under the ocean as everyone knows - it's about coach development, it's about them developing the kids that are out there, it's about them developing the product and our product, which we need to improve in 10 years' time is the English coach - he's got to be better than he is now, that includes every one of us, all of us - to improve the English player."

"It was a great meeting, very bullish, he had great plans, great enthusiasm and I think that came out in the speech and he wants to make a difference,"

McClaren met with the new chairman this summer to discuss his plans for the future and found Dyke's enthusiasm for change positive.

But he warned him of the battles he will face along the way.

"It was a great meeting, very bullish, he had great plans, great enthusiasm and I think that came out in the speech and he wants to make a difference," McClaren added.

"I think from his past record with other companies and what he's done previously, I think he will do that, but he has a lot of fires to fight at the top, whereas the coaches below are smaller fires to fight."