Sir Walter Winterbottom was arguably the most influential man in modern English football. He is best known as the first England team manager, but more than that he was an innovator of modern coaching, sports administrator and a man ahead of his time; a man who had a profound effect on English football and who laid the foundations for England's World Cup success in 1966. Walter managed them all, from Lawton to Charlton, and inspired many to become coaches: Ron Greenwood, Bill Nicholson, Jimmy Hill and Bobby Robson were amongst his disciples and took his gospel to the clubs they managed.

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BOOKSHELF: Sir Walter Winterbottom: The Father of Modern English Football — by Graham Morse

One of the recommendations of the Football Association report was “an investigation into the current rules with a view to establishing a better system for the development of young players.”
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The biography of Sir Walter Winterbottom had been short listed for the British Sports Book Awards in the Football Book of the Year category. The event – which is the UK’s major annual promotion for Sports Writing and Publishing – is a celebration of the very best in sports writing. Category winners will be announced at a star studded black-tie dinner at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 21st May 2014.
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