The Blizzard in Leeds

Monday 19th November

The next Blizzard Q&A event will take place on the evening of Wednesday 28th November at Waterstones' Albion Street branch in Leeds. The evening will be chaired by Marcus Speller of the Football Ramble, and the panel includes editor of The Blizzard, Jonathan Wilson, as well as Blizzard contributors Philippe Auclair and Anthony Clavane. It will give you the chance to put your questions to our experts, and pick their brains on the topic(s) of your choice.

Tickets are free, and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. As a thank-you for their support, our subscribers (both digital and hard-copy) have first refusal on reserving their places. Each subscriber is entitled to two free tickets, and should reserve them by emailing their name(s) to by 19th October. Please note that we are unable to accept any "+1s", as we need to provide Waterstones with the names of all who are attending.

Non-subscribers will be able to reserve their places from 20th October onwards, subject to availability.

Doors will open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start, and we expect the event to last for around an hour. There will be a cash bar available on the night. As with previous events we will be covering the evening live on Twitter, but there are no confirmed plans to record/broadcast the event as yet. Any news on videos, etc, will be updated here.

If you have any questions, please email, otherwise we look forward to seeing you on our first trip to Yorkshire.


Peter Jacques
Peter Jacques26th November, 2012

To Jonathan;
Question: what qualifies you to talk so expansively on football tactics?
Context: Not that these are the benchmark standard, but I would be interested to hear if you have done any of The FA's coaching courses, for example? If yes, what were you key learnings from your experiences?

To the panel
Question: For England to do well at major tournaments, it seems obvious that The Premier League ought to take joint accountability for the English representative teams - do you think this is a realistic proposition to put forward to football stakeholders and if not why not?
Context: if the PL will not do this then the FA should be asked, 'what is the point of international football?'

To Phillipe:
Question: Do you think football in England has a credibility problem?
Context: wages as a % of income, quality, inclusion and diversity,

To the panel:
Question - How much price elasticity is there in the market for match tickets and pay TV once the new TV deal kicks in and the £3Bn investment has to be re-couped somehow (ROI)?
Context: I can't see that clubs pricing some fans out of the game will end well. Jonathan said at a previous Blizzard event about how to determine successful football (i.e. competitive league, success in Europe, success internationally), I would add a further criterion - customer service! Germany appear leagues ahead in terms of corporate social responsibility.

To the panel:
Question: I read the recent LMA survey (Annual Castrol LMA European Managers and Coaches Survey) with interest. In section 5.2 (Refeering) to what extent do the panel agree that the real question should now be whether the marketing and money in the game has overtaken the limits of officiating it?
Context: The law of unintended consequences...
Blatter and Platini maintain that the game ought to be the same from the elite end to grass roots, but if decisions are demonstrably and frequently wrong - as is proven time and again by TV camera evidence - then surely this in itself is bringing the game into disrepute? I have wondered from time to time if I could bring a test case against IFAB (International Football Association Board, responsible for the laws of the game) for football perjury. What do you think?

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