Well, not with a wish to be pedantic, but a COE is a different entity than an academy. To hold academy status a club requires the investment to cover more coaching staff, better facilities, more support staff, increased contact hours with players etc My point is that Wycombe never had the above levels of funding to devote to youth development, consequently they have never been an academy!! A COE is a poor relation (in accordance with the above parameters) in player development terms, and now the club doesn't even have that!! That's the point. I think it's awful that WW are the only club not have a Youth Development System, notwithstanding that, you can only trust the people who made the decision in the best interests of the club's sustainability.
Your right WWFC never had an Academy, but you obviously have no understanding of youth development. WWFC's COE last season had 11 first year scholars many of chose the COE route because they believed ... more
In the future due to the rules change forced through by PL clubs the amount we can make through such deals will be capped at £70k (IIRC). Given the costs will continue the COE will never see such... more