As the financial rewards become bigger and bigger, and the pressure to perform gets greater and greater, fewer and fewer football clubs, it seems, are willing to invest in youth.
If you’re old enough, you’re good enough’ the saying goes.
But in today’s brutal results business, it’s a muttering you tend to hear less and less from managers now more inclined to opt for the quick fix, the experienced pro over the spotty kid banging them in for the youth team.
Youngsters require time which managers don’t have. They need to be trusted, nurtured and encouraged.
And that’s exactly the culture that Paul Dickov has set about building at Doncaster Rovers - a club with few alternatives to developing their own.
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