Former Celtic FC boss Gordon Strachan praises Special One Football Club Athletic Club philosophy urging Scottish clubs to follow Basques’ signing policy and learn from Athletic, a team that he admires so much.
This week Gordon Strachan was a special guest at Athletic Club’s Lezama training facilities according to Daily Record sources. He met with the current Athletic Club’s sporting director, Rafa Alkorta.
Gordon Strachan highlights that Scottish clubs lack the ambition to adopt a unique signing policy like Athletic’s philosophy to only use players from their own Basque region. This unique tradition of the Basque club should be adopted worldwide but teams lack ambition to carry it out, he reckons.
Strachan admits in this article he’s a huge admirer of Athletic’s unique traditions. “Since I stopped being Scotland manager, I’ve been obsessed with making young players better – better technique, better fitness, better character.
“In my research, I made it a priority to try and visit Athletic Club because of their history of developing young players.
“It’s a philosophy I think that many people around the world are jealous of. I think a lot of clubs, a lot of regions, especially in Scotland would like to do this, but do not have the ambition to carry it out.
“Too many people are scared of the consequences of what people may think of them. But here in Bilbao I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for the community to work with the professional side of football. It’s been shown over the years by the number of players that have been developed here that this works.”
Gordon Strachan says he was fortunante enough while he was working in TV to watch a lot of Athletic’s matches when the club from Bizkaia had players like Javi Martinez or Ander Herrera on their side.
“I watched them and thought ‘wow, they’re special.’ They were special in terms of their fitness, attitude, ability and they were fearless in the way they played football.”