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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Encouraged by good response from readers (see link) and hardback good sales, publishers John Blake now plan a paperback edition to be published in 2016 to tie in with the 50th anniversary of England winning the World Cup ( for which Walter laid the foundations ). No date yet announced. Watch this space.


Greg Dyke, chairman of the FA, has kindly agreed to write a new foreword for the paperback edition. He said that he was delighted to be asked because his long term strategy for England's success -- broadening our talent base by substantially increasing the quantity and the quality of coaches at junior level, and providing many more 3G pitches -- mirrored Walters own philosophy from sixty years ago. A man ahead of his time indeed!
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