The League Managers Association (LMA) and Castrol, The Official Performance Partner of the LMA, have today published the inaugural Annual Castrol LMA European Managers and Coaches Survey, gathering the views of top-level managers across Europe on the most important issues in modern football.

Castrol LMA Managers survey 2012

The Annual Castrol LMA European Managers and Coaches Survey has been developed to collate and better understand the collective views of managers and coaches from 19 different nationalities across Europe, including the full membership of the LMA, on technical and other matters which affect the game on a domestic and international level.

The key points and outcomes from the results of the survey are as follows:

–  Respondents identified a professional referee training academy as the main factor that could help improve the standards of refereeing, and also that refereeing was the main area that could help improve the overall standard of the game

– 83% of respondents considered that the handball rule requires further clarification.

– 65% of respondents deemed the ‘denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity’(DOGSO), triple jeopardy law (penalty, sending off, suspension) as unfair

– 69% of respondents opposed the current dates for the transfer window

– 72% of respondents are in favour of a reduction in international friendlies

– 62% of respondents support the introduction of not just goal line but also video technology with 63% deeming that football should consider using a decision referral system where referees themselves should have the authority to clarify certain match incidents

The aim of the survey will be to take an annual snapshot on important topics that shape the game and the working environment for managers and coaches. It will guide the LMA’s thinking and representation of its membership, as well as identifying trends and developments at the heart of the game.

José Mourinho, manager of Real Madrid said:

“It is vital for the future of football that the combined views and opinions of managers are collected and listened to. This LMA Survey is so important because it deals with the issues that affect managers each and every day, from rules and regulations, to technology, transfers and finances.

It brings together managers and coaches across Europe, demonstrating the subjects we feel strongly about and provides real insights from managers based on our combined experience. The results of the Survey should be used to benefit and help shape the overall development and progress of football.”

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