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Ferran Soriano, Manchester City chief executive, accused of "fraudulent administration" at former club Barcelona

City chief Soriano accused of 'fraudulent administration' at former club Barcelona

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Pete Jenson

PUBLISHED:

21:58 GMT, 6 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:34 GMT, 6 April 2013

Trouble: City chief Ferran Soriano

Trouble: City chief Ferran Soriano

Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano may have to answer claims he authorised his former club, Barcelona, to spy on employees’ emails, after Catalonia’s senior prosecutor upheld a complaint by the Catalan club.

Barcelona have accused Soriano and his then fellow director, Joan Oliver, of ‘fraudulent administration and the disclosure of secrets’ and this complaint has now been upheld, meaning the City executive could be called to give evidence at the end of next month.

The case brought by Barcelona centres on accusations that Soriano authorised a cyber intelligence company, Cybex Experience, to embed a device in the server of the club’s internal computer, enabling all internal emails containing certain keywords to be monitored.

Derby: Roberto Mancini's side face Manchester United on Monday

Derby: Roberto Mancini's side face Manchester United on Monday

Barcelona also employed the services of the private investigation firm Metodo 3, who are alleged to have monitored other club directors and even first-team players.

The current Barcelona board’s motivation for the complaint appears to be to ensure the previous regime pays back about three million euros spent between 2004-09 on these services.

But their offensive action has also been seen as a tactic in an ongoing cold war between Manchester City and Barcelona because president Sandro Rosell believes a pledge not to target players from the Spanish side has been broken.

City face their rivals United in the Manchester derby on Monday with their hopes of retaining the Premier League all but gone.

Roberto Mancini's side are 15 points behind United with eight games remaining.

Salford City Reds sack head coach Phil Veivers

Salford sack head coach Veivers after just five games of the Super League season

By
Aidan Mccartney

PUBLISHED:

14:07 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:55 GMT, 3 March 2013

Salford City Reds have parted company with head coach Phil Veivers with the club bottom of Super League.

The 48-year-old's dismissal comes following their fourth loss in five games as the Reds went down 38-4 to their fellow strugglers London Broncos on Friday.

The announcement came today just five weeks after the club was taken over by racehorse owner Dr Marwan Koukash who has big plans for the future of the club.

In a statement on the club’s official website, CEO Ed Farish said: ‘We have had to look at the whole business and what is right for the Club.

Dismissed: Veivers has been stood down as coach of the Reds

Dismissed: Veivers (pictured) has been stood down as coach of the Reds

‘The results speak for themselves and it was felt a change must be made to allow our progression to continue on the field as well as off it.

‘We thank Phil for his efforts during an extremely difficult close season and wish him all the best for the future.’

After Friday’s embarrassing defeat Dr Koukash had warned that ‘things have to change and changes will be made.’

Dramatic: Salford had secured their first win of the season last weekend after defeating Hull KR 38-34

Dramatic: Salford had secured their first win of the season last weekend after defeating Hull KR 38-34

The decision comes after only one Reds win since July and the side have started the season in disastrous fashion sitting at the foot of the Super League ladder having conceded almost 200 points.

Head of Youth Development Alan Hunte will take over the coaching duties for the trip to Wakefield next weekend.

After making Australian Ed Farish his chief executive and appointing New Zealanders Andrew Chalmers and Graham Lowe to his board of directors, Koukash seems certain to go down the same route with Veivers' successor.

Lowe, who succeeded Steve Simms as director of rugby, returned to Auckland yesterday and is expected to lead the search for the new man.
National coaches Tim Sheens (Australia) and Stephen Kearney (New Zealand) are both without club ties but are unlikely to be available until 2014 as they focus exclusively on preparations for the 2013 World Cup.

Sheens has spent the last seven days in Britain and Ireland on a fact-finding mission and confirmed to Press Association Sport that he would be looking to get back into club coaching after the World Cup, ‘whether that be in Australia or England’.

Former New Zealand coach Brian McClennan, who took Leeds to Grand-Final glory in 2008 and 2009, could come into the reckoning, along with former Great Britain boss Brian Noble, who is keen to get backing into coaching after leaving Crusaders at the end of 2009.

Rugby fans to be taken up close and personal to the players with new television "Refcam"

Rugby fans to be taken up close and personal to the players with new television 'Refcam'

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11:18 GMT, 19 December 2012

Rugby fans will be closer than ever to the hard-hitting action from this weekend with the introduction of a 'Refcam' which promises to revolutionise how the sport is broadcast.

Officials will have a three-inch square High Definition camera strapped to their chest with a Velcro harness to record the action unfolding in front of them.

Sky Sports directors will have access to the feed for television output, while the RFU will make use of footage for referee training.

New insight: Rugby fans will be able to see the action close up with a new 'Refcam' being trialled in a Championship match this weekend

New insight: Rugby fans will be able to see the action close up with a new 'Refcam' being trialled in a Championship match this weekend

The first referee to wear the 'Refcam' will be Matt Carley, who takes charge of the Championship match between Newcastle Falcons and London Scottish at Kingston Park on Sunday.

The camera should offer a unique perspective into the role of the officials and what happens on the field of play.

It also records audio for an additional insight into conversations and arguments between players in addition to the existing ref's microphone.

If Sunday's trial is successful, the 'Refcam' could become a staple of television coverage of rugby.

'You are looking right into everything,' said Ed Morrison, the RFU's head of elite referees. 'You see what the referee sees. It is a way we can measure ourselves in a more accurate way and at the same time offer more education. The potential is enormous.'

Scrutiny: Officials' decisions will be analysed making use of the video evidence

Scrutiny: Officials' decisions will be analysed making use of the video evidence

Sky made an approach to Morrison last month following a successful experiment by American broadcaster HBO at an Amir Khan bout.

A tiny camera was sewn into the referee's bow tie, delivering a high quality, close quarters feed of every blow.

'I was spellbound,' added Morrison. 'It's a quite incredible piece of technology.

'For a scrum, you are looking down the tunnel. If you want to emphasise something, this will do so enormously.

'We can freeze it and ask a referee, What were you looking for What do you see wrong with that ruck or maul It will make a great training tool.'

The technology was successfully trialled by leading RFU official JP Doyle in a recent under-16 match at Harrow School.

Gus Williamson, Sky's executive rugby producer, said it would 'showcase rugby in a very good light.'

He said: 'The collisions in rugby are so brutal now. Imagine seeing two 18-stone forwards crashing into each other only 18 inches from the referee.

'It will make for some compelling images and it will offer a perspective of what it takes to do the job of the referee.'

The results of the trial, to include a number of Championship fixtures, will be assessed in the new year.

CAMERA TECHNOLOGY IN OTHER SPORTS

Boxing – A tiny camera was sewn into the referee's bow tie by American broadcaster HBO at a recent Amir Khan fight

Cricket – Broadcasters use a variety of technology to judge whether umpires have made the right call, including stump cams, Hawk-eye ball tracking and the Snickometer

Football – Goal line technology was trialled at the FIFA Club World Cup last week, using a microchip in the ball

End to controversy: Goal line technology was trialled by FIFA in the recent Club World Cup using a micro-chipped football and an adapted watch which flashes 'Goal' if the ball crossed the line

End to controversy: Goal line technology was trialled by FIFA in the recent Club World Cup using a micro-chipped football and an adapted watch which flashes 'Goal' if the ball crossed the line

Tennis – Hawk-eye uses ten high-speed cameras around the court to judge whether the ball went out

Barcelona 5 Bilbao 1: Lionel Messi one short of Gerd Muller"s record after 11th double of season

Barcelona 5 Bilbao 1: Messi one short of Muller's record after 11th double of season

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21:46 GMT, 1 December 2012

Lionel Messi scored twice Saturday as Barcelona made the best start in the history of the Spanish league on Saturday with a 5-1 home win over Athletic Bilbao.

The leader's 13 wins and a draw in the opening 14 rounds surpasses Madrid's 12 wins and two draws to begin the 1991-92 campaign.

Clinical: Lionel Messi scores his first goal

Clinical: Lionel Messi scores his first goal

Clinical: Lionel Messi scores his first goal

No stopping him: The goal was awarded to Messi despite the defender slicing the ball into his own net

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona scores his team's second goal past Gorka Iraizoz

Messi's 11th double of the season leaves him one goal shy of Gerd Muller's record of 85 for club and country in one year, set in 1972.

Barcelona led 3-0 by halftime thanks to goals by Gerard Pique, Messi and Adriano. Cesc Fabregas and Messi scored after halftime.

Valencia sacked coach Mauricio Pellegrino after Saturday's 5-2 defeat at home to Real Sociedad left them languishing in 12th place in La Liga, club president Manuel Llorente said.

'We have been exchanging opinions, debating and we have taken the decision to sack Pellegrino,' Llorente was quoted as saying on the Spanish club's official Twitter feed.

Goal machine: Messi is just one short of equaling record

Goal machine: Messi is just one short of equaling record

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi

Argentine Pellegrino, a former Valencia player, took over from Unai Emery at the end of last season and has guided the club into the last 16 of the Champions League.

They still have a chance to top Group F ahead of Bayern Munich depending on the results of next week's games.

However, a poor start to their domestic campaign and nine goals conceded in their last two La Liga outings was too much to take for Llorente and his board of directors.

Mauricio Pellegrino has been sacked as coach of Valencia, the club have confirmed on their Twitter feed.

Pellegrino only took up the reins in May, but Los Che – currently 11th in the Primera Division standings but just four points off a Champions League place – decided to dispense with his services after this evening's 5-2 defeat against Real Sociedad at the Mestalla.

'We have been exchanging views, and we made the decision to dismiss Mauricio Pellegrino,' president Manuel Llorente said.

Hearts could be bought by Angelo Massone

I'll buy Hearts! Massone fronts new 4.5m bid for stricken club

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UPDATED:

00:12 GMT, 16 November 2012

Former Livingston owner Angelo Massone has entered the race to save Hearts after lodging a 4.5million bid for the club.

A Rome-based lawyer, Massone is mediating on behalf of an Italian consortium which has tabled a formal offer to lawyers representing Tynecastle owner Vladimir Romanov.

Sportsmail has been told the group will be headed by a professor of economics, with an Edinburgh-born Italian-Scots business figure also ready to invest.

In the running: Angelo Massone wants to buy struggling Hearts

In the running: Angelo Massone wants to buy struggling Hearts

Massone’s brief and controversial reign at Livingston ended in acrimony in 2009.

In a quest to reassure Hearts fans, however, the 41-year-old insists the investment consortium will sign a percentage of shares over to them and would appoint supporter representatives to a board of directors.

Facing outstanding tax bills worth 2.2m and a 2m annual shortfall, Romanov has already rejected an offer by the Foundation of Hearts fans group, led by businessman Alex Mackie, to pay the smaller tax bill of 450,000 in return for control of the club.

Informal discussions suggest the bid by the Italian consortium — tabled on condition of Hearts being delivered debt and liability free — will also fall short of Romanov’s valuation.

Awaiting a formal response to the offer however, Massone offered to pool financial resources with Foundation of Hearts in order to end Romanov’s seven-year reign.

Massone told Sportsmail: ‘Together with the other investors, we have written to Mr Romanov’s lawyer with a formal offer.

Will he sell Vladimir Romanov

Will he sell Vladimir Romanov

‘We do not know how much Mr Romanov wants for the club. But I believe there is no one else in Scotland who can match the value of the offer we have made.

‘But I will only come back to Scottish football if I have the support and trust of a club’s supporters. That is vitally important to me.

‘I am willing and able to bring serious, wealthy, respected investors to Scottish football. We want to save Hearts and develop the club and make them a strong force once more.

‘But we also want the supporters to have democratic representation on the board and be the real owners of the club.

‘There is an opportunity at Hearts to turn them into a major challenger to Celtic. With Rangers in the Third Division, we can help with the budget and use our contacts to bring important international players to the club and develop the youths.

‘In terms of money and budget we can put a team on the park which can compete at the very highest level.’

Hearts averted a winding-up order by agreeing a payment plan with HMRC earlier this week. In tandem with Supporters Direct chief Paul Goodwin, Foundation of Hearts are continuing talks with Romanov’s representative Sergejus Fedotovas with a view to agreeing a fan-ownership scheme. Via a new website, the group have appealed to fans across the globe to pledge cash support.

Massone insists he is also keen to win
the trust of supporters after an ill-fated Livingston experience by
handing fans groups a 10 per cent stake in the club, with a view to
handing it over to them in the fullness of time.

Tough times: John McGlynn is prepared for an exodus

Tough times: John McGlynn is prepared for an exodus
‘If we are not successful with our bid, then I am willing to help Hearts supporters to own the club instead.

‘If Foundation of Hearts or Supporters Direct need financial help in terms of money to realise the dream of the fans owning the club, then I will speak seriously with them.’

Sportsmail understands that, despite reports, former Rangers bidder Brian Kennedy has no plans to move for the club.

Meantime, Hearts boss John McGlynn says he is bracing himself for a major January exodus of players whose contracts end in the summer — including Andy Webster, Marius Zaliukas and Andy Driver — as the club plans to further slash its wage bill to avoid going bust.

Castleford seek to redevelop Wheldon Road after scrapping new stadium plan

Castleford seek to redevelop Wheldon Road after scrapping new stadium plan

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UPDATED:

10:28 GMT, 10 October 2012

Castleford are considering shelving plans for a new stadium and may instead re-develop their existing Wheldon Road ground.

Tigers chief executive Steve Ferres
made the revelation at a meeting at Castleford's Civic Hall on Tuesday night
which he called to update fans on the club's 'precarious' financial
position.

Cash-strapped Castleford need new investment

Cash-strapped Castleford need new investment

Castleford signed a deal last year with developers to sell and redevelop their ground as a supermarket, which would then fund a new 12million stadium at nearby Glasshoughton for which they have received full planning consent.

A move to a new stadium was said to be key to the club retaining their Super League status, especially with neighbours Wakefield making progress on their planned move to a new home.

However, Ferres, who until recently worked as a club support officer for the Rugby Football League, says RFL regulations are being relaxed because of the country's economic difficulties and admitted the club's efforts to build a new stadium had stalled.

'The board of directors agree we need to look at alternative stadium options, including re-development of the existing Wheldon Road site,' Ferres said.

'The RFL are mindful of the testing economic climate and how it is impacting on the game generally.

'As a result, licensing requirements are being relaxed to enable clubs to explore different routes to ensure they achieve Super League status.

'The redevelopment is, therefore, a realistic and much more cost effective option and, after the support we received for it from fans tonight, one which will be given serious consideration.'

Ferres, who is a former chief executive of Wakefield and succeeded Richard Wright at Castleford in July, told the meeting that the club urgently needed new investment and had targeted 5,000 season-ticket holders to ensure its survival.

'The current business model is not working,' he said. 'We are falling short of the Super League's model club and we, therefore, need to look at ways to work smarter and generate new revenue streams.

'We are working in extremely difficult times and it is clear that we aren't the only club to be facing difficulties. Hull KR is one example who has already given an honest assessment of their current challenges.

'Identifying a new investor is integral to the club's future and will be a priority for me as CEO.'

Castleford finished next to bottom of the 14-team Super League in coach Ian Millward's first season after ending the campaign with seven straight defeats and Ferres, a former head coach of Huddersfield, warned fans that the team face a potentially difficult year ahead.

The club have lost 11 members of their 2012 squad and signed new six new players and Ferres revealed that there is little prospect of further additions without extra outside investment.

Ferres admitted the club would be prepared to sell England international Rangi Chase, the 2011 Man of Steel, who has three years left on his contract, if the deal suited the Tigers.

A proposed move to Hull recently fell through but, speaking on the eve of his departure with England for their training camp in South Africa, Chase revealed there is still interest from his former Australian club St George Illawarra and claimed Castleford would be happy for him to go.

Ferres said: 'Any potential interest will be given due consideration and decisions will be made in the best interests of both parties.'

Hillsborough papers: Sheffield Wednesday apologise to families of Liverpool fans

Sheffield Wednesday apologise to families of 96 Liverpool fans who died in Hillsborough tragedy

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10:19 GMT, 12 September 2012

Sheffield Wednesday have offered an apology to the families who lost
their loved ones in the Hillsborough disaster and welcomed the release
of thousands of official documents relating to the tragedy.

The club said they hope the release of the documents for the first time
would help 'bring closure' to the families of the 96 people who died in
the disaster on April 15, 1989.

Sheffield Wednesday's ground was the venue for the FA Cup semi-final
between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest which saw fans of the Merseyside
club crushed to death in the Leppings Lane end.

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An independent report, published today, is expected to condemn the responses of the authorities to the Hillsborough disaster where 96 football fans were crushed to death in 1989

Big day: An independent report is expected to condemn the responses of the authorities to the Hillsborough disaster where 96 football fans were crushed to death in 1989

David Cameron is today expected to issue an apology to the families

Statement: David Cameron is today expected to issue an apology to the families

A statement from Sheffield Wednesday said: 'Chairman Milan Mandaric and
the current board of directors have adopted a policy of complete
compliance with the requests of the Hillsborough Independent Panel and
on behalf of the club would like to offer our sincere condolences and an
apology to all the families who have suffered as a consequence of the
tragic events of 15 April, 1989.'

Mandaric took over the club in December 2010 and the statement added
they had been 'totally transparent' in helping the report be compiled.

It added: 'Sheffield Wednesday FC welcomes the release of the
Hillsborough Independent Panel report and would like to acknowledge the
enormous amount of hard work by all involved during what was, and
continues to be, an extremely emotive process.

'Throughout the compilation stage, the club has worked closely with the
panel and the other donating organisations to ensure that, in line with
the ethos of maximum disclosure, we have been totally transparent.

'Sheffield Wednesday would also like to record its gratitude for the
thoroughly dignified manner with which the Hillsborough Family Support
Group and its representatives conducted themselves throughout all levels
of consultation with the club.

Shocking: Liverpool fans are pulled to safety on to the upper tier from the crush that was happening below at Hillsborough

Shocking: Liverpool fans are pulled to safety on to the upper tier from the crush that was happening below at Hillsborough

Abandoned: After the cup semi was stopped Liverpool Manager Kenny Dalglish is comforted by a police officer, as he and Nottingham Forest Manager Brian Clough

Abandoned: After the cup semi was stopped Liverpool Manager Kenny Dalglish is comforted by a police officer, as he and Nottingham Forest Manager Brian Clough came off the Hillsborough pitch

'We can only hope that the publication of the report goes some way to providing the closure sought by all those involved.'

The Hillsborough Independent Panel has been overseeing the release of
previously unpublished papers from around 80 organisations including the
government, police, emergency services, Sheffield City Council and the
South Yorkshire coroner.

Apology: Sheffield Wednesday owner Mandaric has said sorry to the families of those who died

Apology: Sheffield Wednesday owner Mandaric has said sorry to the families of those who died

Margaret Aspinall, chairman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said that there had been 'a massively orchestrated cover-up'

Painful: Margaret Aspinall, chairman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said that there had been 'a massively orchestrated cover-up'

The Mail has recently highlighted the Hillsborough families long campaign for all official papers to be disclosed

History: The Mail has recently highlighted the Hillsborough families long campaign for all official papers to be disclosed

The families of the 96 fans who died in Britain's deadliest sporting
disaster were the first to see more than 400,000 pages from 8am.

The report explaining the contents of the documents will be published by
the panel, chaired by the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev James Jones.

A report into the disaster by Lord Justice Taylor, published in 1990,
found that the main reason for the disaster was a failure of 'police
control' but the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was
insufficient evidence to bring a prosecution.

The victims' families say it is an injustice that no individual or
organisation has been held fully accountable for the disaster.

They
believe a major incident plan was never initiated by South Yorkshire
Police and fans in the Leppings Lane end were denied emergency medical
attention.

The families also dispute the findings of an inquest into the deaths,
which ruled that the victims were all dead, or brain dead, by 3.15pm and
which subsequently recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Margaret Aspinall, chairwoman of the Hillsborough Families Support
Group, said they hope the documents will answer some of the questions
they have about the causes and aftermath of the tragedy.

'This is what the families and the fans have been fighting for for 23
years. Without the truth you cannot grieve and where there is deceit,
you get no justice,' she said.

VIDEO: Hillsborough victim's families tell Daybreak they are desperate for answers

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Bradford Bulls docked six points over administration

Bull's play-off hopes dashed after crisis club docked six points over administration

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09:02 GMT, 25 July 2012

Bradford Bulls have been deducted six points for going into administration.

The Rugby Football League’s board of directors imposed the punishment after the ailing Super League club breached the game’s insolvency regulations.

A statement said: 'The RFL board of directors has today ruled that Bradford Bulls will be deducted six points – the equivalent of three competition wins – as a penalty for entering into administration during the 2012 Stobart Super League season.'

Fear: Bradford Bulls could yet go to the wall after entering administration

Fear: Bradford Bulls could yet go to the wall after entering administration

The deduction takes immediate effect and drops the Bulls out of the play-off positions, from seventh to ninth, ahead of Sunday’s trip to Warrington, with Huddersfield and Hull KR moving above them in the table.

Bradford, who have won three of their last four matches to raise hopes of reaching the play-offs for the first time in four years, were bracing themselves for the points deduction after entering administration on June 26.

Both Wakefield and Crusaders were docked four points when they entered administration on the eve of the 2011 season after the RFL directors took into account the new owners’ willingness to pay off some of the debts to creditors.

Dedicated: Coach Mick Potter remains in charge despite not being paid

Dedicated: Coach Mick Potter remains in charge despite not being paid

Although Bradford’s joint administrator Brendan Guilfoyle has found a potential buyer, any deal is some way off being completed.

Guilfoyle has passed on details of a formal, written offer from the ABC consortium, a group of local Asian businessmen, to the RFL but it is conditional on them being able to buy back the lease to Odsal Stadium and receiving a guarantee on the Bulls remaining in Super League.

He has until this Friday to avoid putting the club into liquidation, although he has the option of a further extension of the deadline if he feels he can complete a deal.

Offer for Bradford Bulls assessed by RFL

RFL assessing Bradford Bulls bid as fears grow over liquidation threat

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 24 July 2012

The Rugby Football League are scrutinising an offer for Bradford Bulls before they hand it over to the RFL board of directors.

The offer, from a group of Asian businessmen known as the ABC consortium, is thought to be conditional on being able to buy back the Odsal Stadium lease from the RFL and getting a guarantee Bradford will stay in Super League.

Bulls administrator Brendan Guilfoyle says he will place the club into liquidation if no buyer is found by Friday.

Threat: Bradford Bulls could be placed into liquidation on Friday if a buyer isn't found

Threat: Bradford Bulls could be placed into liquidation on Friday if a buyer isn't found

National football centre is a "Mecca" claims David Sheepshanks

New national football centre is a 'Mecca' for football students claims chief Sheepshanks

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23:02 GMT, 15 July 2012

The national football centre at St George's Park has sent out a statement of intent to the rest of the world and will become a 'Mecca' for students of the game, according to chairman David Sheepshanks.

England teams, starting with the under-17s next month, can now begin using the 100million facility on the 330-acre site at Burton-upon-Trent.

The Football Association devoted months to researching best practice in various sports around the globe, but now Sheepshanks hopes they will become the reference point for other nations.

World class: St George's Park boasts facilities on a par with anywhere on the planet

World class: St George's Park boasts facilities on a par with anywhere on the planet

Watching it grow: David Sheepshanks

Watching it grow: David Sheepshanks

'Hopefully the rest of the world will see this as a statement of intent by English football, which we will go on seeking to improve,' he said.

'It is a nerve-centre, a think-tank. I could almost say, if I was allowed to, a Mecca.

'It is a meeting point for the game, a congregating nerve centre where it doesn't matter whether you are coaches, chief execs, physios, commercial directors, nutritionists – it is a place where the game can come together.

'We will welcome anyone who wants to come and we will be listening.

'One of the reasons we got here is because we listened to what everyone else told us, and we will go on listening because the day you think you have got to the top of the mountain is the day you start going down it.'

Sheepshanks said the senior England team's failure at Euro 2008 was the tipping point which persuaded the FA to bring the site out of mothballs – it having been deemed too expensive – and complete the development.

But even since that moment four years ago, there have been other reminders just how far England have fallen behind the leading nations.

'When we didn't qualify for the Euros that was the starting point and then we had another sharp reminder in 2010 in South Africa (at the World Cup),' he added.

'We have had two big wake-up calls at two big tournaments in succession and now we have had another – not just England but other countries – from what Spain has taught us.

'Their performance in Kiev (in winning Euro 2012) has just confirmed the decisions taken in 2008 and 2010 to build St George's Park were absolutely the right ones.'

Centre of exellence: Players will benefit from a host of fitness and conditioning centres, as well as pristine pitches and training areas

Centre of exellence: Players will benefit from a host of fitness and conditioning centres, as well as pristine pitches and training areas

A technical director has yet to be appointed, and although Sheepshanks has no say on selection, he wants a progressive thinker to drive through the reforms needed for coaching from elite to grassroots level.

'The appointment is almost as important [as building St George's Park] when you consider the job of the future development of the game,' he said.

'He is highly likely to be appointed with consultation from the England manager (Roy Hodgson) because the idea you didn't have two working together in such pivotal positions is unthinkable.

'I think it will be someone who is very forward-thinking and committed to the long-term success of English football.

'Trevor Brooking (director of football development) has said we need to develop more technically-adept players but also more responsible, thinking players who are decision-makers.

'He is absolutely right and the ethos of St George's Park will be to focus on those skills, but also to encourage a sense of personal ownership and responsibility for career development.

'We have some fantastically entertaining and gifted players, but we need to move on to a new direction to encourage personal ownership of each individual's career.'

Below the technical director the staff employed to deliver the educational side will also be key as the FA look to more than double the number of qualified coaches.

Project: The centre back when it was under construction

Project: The centre back when it was under construction

'We have seven million players but only have 103,000 qualified coaches, that is a ratio of 1:69,' said Sheepshanks.

'If we do it right and hit our target by having 250,000 coaches by 2018 that is a ratio of 1:25.

'The teacher has a defining influence – there won't be an Olympic champion in the next few weeks who does not have a world-class coach behind them.

'We have consensus within the football family as the Premier League and Football League have bought into this because the Elite Player Performance Plan requires a higher standard of coaching at every age group in the country.

'We have some outstanding coach educators in this country, however, if we want to be best in class we should not necessarily think all of our coach educators should be home-grown.

'We need to recruit from the best in the world and learn from the best in the world.

'We have some great strengths in England and we should look to align both, and I think St George's Park will give a new standard of education for coaches which will enable us to be adaptable, flexible and to have our cake and eat it.'