Small is beautiful at Milton Keynes…

Editor’s note: From the Daily Mail Online an excellent profile of Dan Micciche the head of coaching at Milton Keynes Dons academy and his use of small teams and space in successfully developing players for the next level.


Considering that England play Brazil at Wembley tonight, it is fair to assume that this time tomorrow we may be crying. Why can’t we pass it like them? Why can’t we keep it like them? Why isn’t our game beautiful? It is a familiar wail. Boo-hoo-hoo, we want to be like you-hoo-hoo.

‘Better to light a candle than curse the darkness,’ said Peter Benenson, the founder of Amnesty International, except English football doesn’t think that way. ‘Stupid darkness,’ we mumble as more pedestrian thinking sends us down the latest blind alley. 

There are men with candles out there, but we never seem to listen to them. Dan Micciche is the head of coaching at Milton Keynes Dons academy. It is not a job that allows a man to make headlines, but that doesn’t mean he has nothing to offer.

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