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 Post subject: Re: Danny Collinge
PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:02 am 
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Dons50 wrote:
Toby Carvery wrote:
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If you are a clever lad, unless you were really outstanding at football ie. the best player in your national team at your age group, you would be mad to join a professional club rather than do your A levels.

Even if doing A Levels is (most likely) at the expense of a professional football career?


What are the chances of making it as a professional footballer? I would do the A levels. The football world should recognise this and make it possible for young, bright kids to do both.

Agree that it should be possible to do both. It's your 'only the best player in your national team at your age' comment that I find bizarre.


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 Post subject: Re: Danny Collinge
PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:39 am 
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Toby Carvery wrote:
Dons50 wrote:
Toby Carvery wrote:
Dons50 wrote:
If you are a clever lad, unless you were really outstanding at football ie. the best player in your national team at your age group, you would be mad to join a professional club rather than do your A levels.

Even if doing A Levels is (most likely) at the expense of a professional football career?


What are the chances of making it as a professional footballer? I would do the A levels. The football world should recognise this and make it possible for young, bright kids to do both.

Agree that it should be possible to do both. It's your 'only the best player in your national team at your age' comment that I find bizarre.


I guess I used that as an indicator that he has a high chance of succeeding. The others really should have a decent fallback. If they are smart enough, A levels would be good part of that fallback.


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 Post subject: Re: Danny Collinge
PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:49 pm 
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Dan wrote:
I found a link in the comments below the Collinge article to a Football365 feature from last year entitled 'Are England too thick to win anything?'

It was an eye-opening read. http://www.football365.com/news/are-england-too-thick-to-win-anything


What a great read that was. Thanks.

Very much my own thoughts too...

I think I read something along similar lines a few years ago but with the caveat that it was the club system and parents that were failing them by not making sure they pushed themselves in their studies. Given that kids are in academy's from the age of eight and knowing there are potential riches at the end of the rainbow far beyond anything you could achieve by merely studying hard and going to Uni, then you can understand how academic motivation is an issue. Add to that fact that many parents often see that lifestyle for their offspring as a short-cut to early retirement too, then you really have a problem.

Why don't other Western European nations have the same issue. Maybe footballers come from a greater cross-section of society elsewhere? No easy answers..

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