Wycombe getting the Grauniad treatment. Quite interesting that they're cost cutting led to scrapping the reserves and the academy. Obviously they are dirty Wycombe and we should hate them because we are one-eyed oddballs, but this strikes me as an interesting idea. Wouldn't it be nice to stop developing players for other potentially much wealthier clubs?
Shutting your academy feels like strangling yourself to me.
Wont work for them in the long run.
I think PW sees our academy as a vital part of the club being sustainable/bringing in funds for us to improve the club on and off the pitch in the future. The seeds were planted when we first came into the league with the establishment of the academy, now we are beginning to see academy products in the first team and being linked to bigger clubs in the case of some. These players will either benefit us by playing for us or move on and we'll get a fee plus inserting a sell on clause.
Geographically, with big clubs in close proximity it will be hard for us to attract players of course, so we have to ensure that we can attract youngsters and their families to choose us. The fact that we do play youth products in the first team will be a huge selling point of course so hopefully going forward we will be producing players of an even higher standard. Plus we have dipped into Northern Ireland to sign the likes of Kennedy, McKee and Gorman et al.
If done right then having an academy is better for a club such as ours than not having one would be. Should Ainsworth or Wycombe get fed up of one another then it'll be a strange scenario for a new manager going in there, one which someone other than Ainsworth may not be able to make work.
Good read that, whatever we think of them they're doing something right.
Don't we get money for the academy from the league/FA, I'd hope this would cover the costs of the academy?
It may not make money every year but assuming you can bring one player into the first team every other year or so, and sell the odd one on, I'm sure it more than breaks even over a 3-5 year cycle.
It is subsidised , one of the reasons FL status is so important as the money stops, after a parachute payment I think, on relegation.
Phil wouldn't have one if it didn't turn a small profit or deliver a net saving for the squad.
Edit: there is a decent section with Ainsworth in 'Living on the volcano' which Deltic recommended, currently mid-way through but a good insight into the challenges of management.
That said Ainsworth must have quite a small selection of interesting anecdotes because two from the book are in the article. Maybe he's just a dull bastard.