The findings of the LMA (League Managers’ Association) European Managers and Coaches Survey 2012 make intriguing reading.

The survey was issued to the LMA membership plus a select group of managers and coaches across Europe, with 110 giving their feedback.

The survey found 72% of managers were obsessed by the game, with 59% admitting it is also difficult to lead a balanced lifestyle …sounds familiar!

It also turns out that 60% feel that the national team manager shouldn’t  be a foreign national.

While 69% opposed the current dates for the transfer window, preferring an open window.

When it came to the idea of a winter break it is reassuring that a majority (56%) of managers are against spoiling our traditional festive fun.

Then 72% wanted fewer international friendlies – and so say all of us.

The daft idea of clubs playing league fixtures in overseas territories (The 39th match and all that) was massively opposed with 73% against.

When it came to agents, 74% of managers felt the current regulations weren’t sufficient.

While a decent majority (61%) felt there should be a salary cap.

Stop all the money going to agents and players, no daft ideas like winter breaks or playing Premier League matches abroad, and scrap as many stupid international friendlies as possible.

I think the divide between the dugout and the terraces may be all but invisible.

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  • Heaton Mick

    No doubt the 56% of managers who disagree with a winter break are the ones not brought up in Britain with Christmas football.
    One of the many things that annoys me about Wenger is his annual whine about having to play over Christmas. The football world seems to have forgotten they’re an entertainment industry.

    I don’t understand how it would help the England team any more than it would the France, Senegal or Ivory Coast teams who probably have as many of their internationals in the Premier League.