A lot has been made about the FA commission,and who should be on it.
When it was first announced,everyone got excited,and had an opinion on “the way forward”.
Unfortunately,Greg dyke didn’t make it entirely clear what their “specific” objective was!
Is it to improve the national team….grass roots football……get more English players into the premier league teams….women’s football…..disabled football…..what???
The problems that created,was for everyone to the question “who” should be on the panel.
If,as I suspect, it’s about improving the national team,and trying to get more English players into the top clubs,then I have no problem with the panel.
Getting a “diverse” representation on the panel,serves no purpose,if “they” (whoever “they” are) don’t believe that the chosen ones who are “diverse” have got the necessary qualities ( whatever they are) to benefit the debate.
Why should there be a woman on the panel,just for the sake of it,if what we are talking about is the men’s game at the very highest level?
Which woman with the neccessary expertise in men’s football at the highest level would deserve to be on the panel.
If its football generally in its all encompassing form, then that will include disabled football,and someone with a disability should also be on it.
As far as having a “black face” on the panel,just to tick a certain box of inclusivity also isn’t the solution.
The worrying dynamic isn’t the fact that there “aren’t” any black faces on “most” such panels….( let’s not kid ourselves that this is just a problem in football ) …..but “why” aren’t there any black faces?
That’s because society still questions the intellectual capabilities of black people, when it comes to management and administrative issues.
You may disagree,but in so many industries,what are the numbers in terms of “diverse” representation at senior levels?
Is it because we are not capable,or just not ” considered” capable!
So until “society” changes it’s perspective on the intelligence of “diverse” people,nothing will change.
It can make PC decisions to include “diverse” people in the decision making process,until they see them,and respect them as “normal” instead of “diverse” (I don’t feel diverse”)….we will never move forward.
What would kill the arguing, is for Greg dyke,to come out and say “exactly”! What the remit of the commission is, then every Tom dick and Harry, will not feel that they, or someone like them should be involved!