FA to appoint technical director for the first time in 10 years

The successful candidate will take the helm at the new national football centre at St George’s Park, with a view to establishing a coaching centre of excellence

The Football Association announced on Tuesday that, for the first time in 10 years, they will appoint a new technical director

The previous position was held by Les Reed on a temporary basis, after Howard Wilkinson quit the role to take charge of Sunderland in 2002.

The successful applicant for the new role will head up operations at St Georges’ Park near Burton-upon-Trent, the home of the new national football centre, and will report to, the director of football development, Sir Trevor Brooking.

General secretary Alex Horne told reporters: "The role of technical director will be crucial as we continue to strive towards improving the technical ability and knowledge of our players and coaches both now and in the future."

The position marks the latest step in the FA’s drive to improve footballing standards from grassroots to elite level, as they seek to establish the St George’s Park site as a centre for coaching player excellence.

The new technical director, who will be required to hold a UEFA Pro licence or equivalent, will also work alongside Premier League and Football League representatives to create the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP), aimed at boosting the chances of domestic talent breaking through from academy to senior level at their respective clubs.

The FA is keen to implement EPPP as part of their drive to development more top-level English talent, though many clubs have opposed the plan over fears they will receive less compensation for talented players who emerge through their ranks.