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Wilkinson refuses Damiano help

last updated Sunday 10th June 2001, 9:38 AM
Christian Damiano
Christian Damiano
Fulham's offer of help, from the man who masterminded France's soccer renaissance, to Howard Wilkinson has been snubbed.

The FA's under-pressure technical director was offered the chance to pick the brains of Fulham's assistant coach Christian Damiano - the man who raised such stars as Emmanuel Petit, Nicolas Anelka, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry when he ran the French youth team.

The FA want a national centre to nurture young talent based on the famed French football academy, but England Under-21 boss Wilkinson insisted he needed no French input - to the amazement of FA chief Adam Crozier.

Wilkinson's arrogance is causing uneasiness at the FA. Last week he tried to take credit for Sven Goran Eriksson's success, just days before masterminding another crushing Under-21 defeat for England, against Greece.
Source Sunday Mirror
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