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Ex-Saints boss backs FA chairman's vision
9:54am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
New Football Association chairman Greg Dyke’s vision for the future of the English game has been praised by former Saints manager Glenn Hoddle.
Dyke set England the target of winning the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as he delivered a forthright assessment of where the national team stands at present.
The 66-year-old highlighted what he saw as a “frightening trend” of young English players who were not getting the chance to play at the top level and said the FA would be “letting the country and thousands of England fans down” if the problem was not remedied.
Hoddle said: “I like what I hear from Greg Dyke - here is a man who is setting targets way beyond his own likely term of office.
“These are goals many years down the road when his time at the FA will have come and gone. He is not putting himself first, he is putting the England team and the game first.
“He is bullish enough to try to change things. That is refreshing, really good. I applaud him for setting targets though I'm unsure about his time-frame.
“But you need targets, business works on targets and he has led big organisations in the past - this is all to the good.”
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