Some of the biggest names in football management attended St. George’s Park last week as part of the League Managers' Association's (LMA) European Managers and Coaches Forum.
Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers, Laurent Blanc and Michael Laudrup were all in attendance at the event.
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The two-day forum, held for the first time at the national football centre, was devoted to the discussion of important issues affecting football and the modern day manager.
Ferguson, Manchester United manager and LMA Board Member, felt the forum was an important step forward in supporting the development of young football managers.
He said: "The work we undertake at the LMA is extremely important. Within our ranks we have an array of gifted managers both past and present with vast experience and a wealth of knowledge to share.
"We all have a role to play in helping to develop younger managers who are just starting their careers or indeed trying to get their first step on the managerial ladder.”
By bringing together managers from across the game, Ferguson hoped that the depth of experience on offer would also prove beneficial to the whole of football.
He added: "In a wider sense, our collective knowledge can be a real asset to the on-going evolvement of football.
“I would like to thank all of the Premier League managers and overseas head coaches for giving up their valuable time to attend this forum to help shape the positive development of the game."
Ferguson’s views were shared by Howard Wilkinson, chairman of the LMA, who spoke of the unique opportunity the forum provides for the football manager community.
Wilkinson said: “The European Managers and Coaches Forum at St. George’s Park is a rare and exciting event that has given managers, what is these days, a unique opportunity to come together socially and exchange views, information and experiences in a magnificent setting.
"I have always said 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.”
The forum was also supported by Mike Riley, General Manager of the Professional Game Match Official Ltd (PGMOL), Blake Wooster, Business Development Director for Prozone, and Dan Jones, Lead Partner from Deloitte’s Sport Business Group.
In addition, 22 of The FA’s new UEFA Pro Licence students embarking on their managerial journey joined football’s elite.
Richard Bevan, chief executive of the LMA, said: “It is an extremely proud moment for everyone connected with the LMA to have hosted this forum and providing the opportunity for some of the best football managers in the game to come together, share views and exchange ideas.
"Obtaining such valuable information is vital for the overall development and benefit of the game.
“The LMA would like to thank all of the managers and coaches who attended and we now looking forward to utilising this very important information moving forwards.”