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TALENT


Mike Rigg, The FA’s fi rst ever Head of Talent Identifi cation, is summarising some of the dated methods he’s seen used to identify talent in the game over the years. Two phrases come to mind: “Is he tall? Is he quick? Is he big?” and “He’s good; he’s bad.”


It’s a sobering summary from the man tasked with professionalising an unregulated and, in some cases, out-of-date industry.


Although Rigg, who joined the governing body in January after previous roles


including Technical Director at Manchester City and QPR, is quick to stress that there are some excellent examples of recruitment work in the professional game, overall he believes the practice of identifying and selecting talent in the English game requires a radical overhaul.


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