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"A lot of the players who are playing this game are part-time players": BOUTSIANIS ON STATE OF THE GAME
BOUTSIANIS SPEAKING ON FOOTBALL Q&A EARLIER TODAY
Former Socceroo, Con Boutsianis has been highly critical of the youth development of young Australian players and their lack of talent in comparison to the Golden Era.
Boutsianis spoke to David Davutovic on FNR_Football Nation Radio’s Football Q&A and was condemnatory of the way in which young Australian talent is developed at a young age and how players are training at a professional level.
“If I look at Don Bradman and Dawn Fraser, they didn’t have sports science, they had the ethics to be able work very hard over long periods of time and our players aren’t doing that,” Boutsianis said.
“A lot of the players who are playing this game are part-time players even if they are earning a lot of money because all they are doing is training a couple of hours a day and they should be doing more than that,” Boutsianis said.
Boutsianis also went on to talk about the recruitment strategies of A-League clubs and his belief that the marquee system is hindering youth development due to their lack of hard work.
“We need to develop a high-end player that can win games for us, but all those players should be able to do that, so we shouldn’t be wasting money on all these marquee players,” Boutsianis said.
“I don’t see how that generation is doing better than what our generation is doing before with less money, but we had the willingness to work. You can look at Okon, you can look at Kewell and a number of players going back, they had an unbelievable work ethic and they did a lot on their own,” Boustianis said.
Boutsianis who is a football development specialist for his Football First program added that he believes the mentality from top-to-bottom needs changing if Australian players are to succeed on a higher level.
“Until players, junior kids and coaches realise that unless they are doing a lot of work on their own they are never going to make it to a big stage,” Boutsianis said.
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you can listen to the full episode below