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Brooking says Capello can be new Greenwood

PUBLISHED: 11:15 12 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 05 October 2010

SIR Trevor Brooking has handed England manager Fabio Capello the ultimate accolade in the eyes of West Ham supporters – by comparing him to former Hammers boss Ron Greenwood. Greenwood, who died two years ago, was the visionary coach who developed West Ha

SIR Trevor Brooking has handed England manager Fabio Capello the ultimate accolade in the eyes of West Ham supporters - by comparing him to former Hammers boss Ron Greenwood.

Greenwood, who died two years ago, was the visionary coach who developed West Ham's famous academy and nurtured the nurtured the talents of the club's World Cup-winning trio of Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.

He led the Hammers to FA Cup glory against Preston North End in 1964 and also helped to develop the ability of Brooking before leaving Upton Park to take over the England reins from 1977 until 1982.

Greenwood (right) was a thoughtful coach, who preached simplicity but also instilled skill and enterprise among his players, and former Hammers star Brooking sees those same principles in the new regime of the current England boss.

"Fabio's been very good so far," said Brooking. "He's found the whole system quite intriguing. He was surprised at the slow progress at first, but he has certain traits of Ron Greenwood.

"The goalkeeper has to throw it out, you've got to build up from the back and work it up the pitch.

"That's how I was brought up - using angles, always making yourself available for passes.

"When I was a youngster they kept asking us questions. Ron's whole philosophy was: 'What would you do? Where would you play the ball?' and we had to decide.

"Ron always said to me: 'If you snap your fingers and shut your eyes, you should be able to tell me where everyone is within 40 yards'. And I could.

"All the habits I learnt as a youngster are there with Fabio."

Brooking now works as the Football Association's head of football development, is responsible for overseeing the development of players and coaches from grassroots to the full England side.

And he believes there is a shortage of qualified coaches to follow in Greenwood's footsteps and take charge of the national side when Capello eventually decides to move on.

"The fact is that we are not developing English players in that way and there is currently no philosophy of quality coaches in the younger age groups," he explained.

"We know exactly what Fabio thinks and now we're trying to convey that message to some of the decision makers.

"The team are still progressing and the players are doing what we want them to do.


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