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FA to appoint technical director
12:59pm Tuesday 27th March 2012 in Sport
THE Football Association are to appoint a technical director after a gap of 10 years.
According to the organisation, the position will suit an experienced manager who will head up operations at the FA's new national football centre at St George's Park near Burton-upon-Trent.
Howard Wilkinson is the only previous permanent technical director of the FA. He left in 2002 to manage Sunderland, although the head of Saints' football development and support centre, Les Reed, served as acting technical director until 2004.
The new technical director will report to Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA's director of football development, and lead the drive to make St George's Park a centre of excellence for coaches.
Alex Horne, the FA's general secretary, said: "The role of technical director will be crucial as we continue to strive towards improving the technical ability and knowledge of our players and coaches both now and in the future."
The new technical director will have to have a UEFA Pro Licence or the equivalent and is part of the FA's drive to raise the standards of football at both elite and grassroots level.