Hosted by the League Managers Association (LMA) and lead sponsor Castrol, the event was chaired by Sir Alex Ferguson and brought together a number of high profile British managers and overseas Head Coaches for two days of discussion around the issues currently affecting football and the modern Manager.
The aim of the Forum was to create an environment where football’s elite could come together to share their knowledge, experience and vision through healthy discussion and debate. Together, the collective experience of those in attendance amounted to over 15,000 matches.
Speaking about the event, Howard Wilkinson, Chairman of the LMA, said, “The European Managers and Coaches Forum at St George’s Park is a rare and exciting event that has given managers what is a unique opportunity to come together socially and exchange views, information and experiences in a magnificent setting.
“I have always said that consultation is the mother of progress and change. The fact that Sir Alex Ferguson Chaired this event is amazing given his remarkable record and longevity, which clearly makes him the most successful football manager of all time.”
As part of the event programme, the assembled Managers discussed the future of football, looking at various playing philosophies in light of key trends within the game. To support debate in this area, Blake Wooster, Prozone’s Business Development Director, was invited to present detailed longitudinal analysis that has been developed by the company’s Performance Analysis Centre.
Discussing the use of Prozone information at the Forum, Blake said, “It was a real honour to support the Forum with Prozone analysis. Fundamentally, we were using past trends to ask where the game is going and provide the Managers with a platform to supplement their playing philosophies and devise future game-winning strategies.”
We’d like to thank the LMA and Castrol for giving Prozone the opportunity to contribute to such a unique and visionary event.