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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old September 21st, 2005, 21:00 Thread Starter
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Richard Bate Named Canada’s Technical Director

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Richard Bate Named Canada’s Technical Director

Richard Bate

Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) has named Richard Bate, effective October 14, 2005, as Canada’s new Technical Director. Bate’s contract will see him lead the country’s technical programs until the end of 2009.

“After an exhaustive, extensive global search for the ‘right person’ to lead our Association’s technical programs, I believe we have the perfect man for the job,” declared CSA President Andy Sharpe. “Dick’s experience and dynamism is exactly what we require and I am excited about what the future holds for soccer in Canada.”

Bate, 59, is currently employed with The Football Association (England) as a staff coach and has had over 30 years of high level coaching experience at both the club and national team levels. He has also conducted Education and Coaching Courses worldwide for FIFA, the Asian Football Federation (AFC), UEFA, and the FA’s of both England and Malaysia.

From 1992-1995, Bate held the post of Technical Director of the Football Association of Malaysia.

“I'm delighted to be joining the Canadian Soccer Association and am looking forward to working with everyone at the CSA,” said Bate from his home in Herefordshire, UK.

“It seems as if there is a passion and optimism about the future of the game in Canada and there are a series of exciting and significant initiatives taking place in the next few years that could raise the horizons and expectations of soccer in the country.”

Bate’s principal responsibility will involve the overall development and direction of the CSA’s technical programs. This will include both Player and Coaching Development, the direction and supervision of the National Training Centres and the National Youth Teams, both male and female.

In addition to working closely with all of the Provincial Technical Director’s and staff, Bate will also liaise with the National Team head coaches.

“I hope to play a successful and central role in the future of the game alongside the many others involved in the technical developmental areas and anticipate taking up my duties within the next few weeks."

The affable Englishman will get his first look at some of the future faces of Canadian soccer in mid-October when he plans on joining Dale Mitchell’s U20 National Team (1987) during its training camp in Manchester, UK.

FIFA – Education and Development Courses Conducted

AFC 5th Coaching School – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Asian Coaching School – Bahrain (AFC)
Senior Coaches Course – Iran (AFC)
Senior Coaches Course Oman
Olympic Solidarity Course – Guyana South America
Olympic Solidarity Course – Zimbabwe
Olympic Solidarity Course – Romania


1973 - UEFA ‘A’ Licence
2002 - UEFA Professional Licence
2001 - FA Academy Directors Licence
2000 - FA Youth Coaches Award


Education & Development

1993/94/95/96 - FIFA Course Instructor
1993/94/95/96 - AFC Course Instructor
1992-1995 - Football Association of Malaysia, Technical Director
1980-1985 - Football Association North West Regional FA, Staff Coach


1998-2005 - Head Coach, England (U16, U17, U18, U19, U20)
<2nd place - Meridien Cup, Egypt

<3rd place - UEFA U17 Championships
<4th place - UEFA U17 Championships


1995-1997 - Coach, Hereford United FC
1992-1995 - Technical Director, FA Malaysia
1993-1994 - U23 Team Coach, Malaysia
1988-1992 - Coach, Leeds United FC
1987 - Manager, Southend United FC
1985-1987 - Chief Coach, Notts County FC
1985 - Assistant Coach, England Youth Team
- Assistant Coach, England U16 National Team
1982-1983 - Coach, England FA XI
1978-1980 - Youth Coach, Sheffield United FC


1999 - Publication of: The Sweeper and Coaching Advanced Soccer Players
1998 onwards - Production of UEFA ‘A’ licence course for FA England
1993 - Production of Complete National Coaching Syllabus for FA Malaysia
- National Coaching Scheme – ‘C’, ‘B’, ‘A’ Licence Awards
1984 - Revision of FA England Preliminary Coaching Award
1995 - Production of AFC ‘C’ Licence Coaching Manual & ‘B’ Licence Coaching Award
1985 - Production of Research Paper for FA England: Football in Schools
1993 - Production of Report Document for FA Malaysia: The Next Football Step – Malaysia
1992 - Production of Report Document for ‘European Championships for FA Malaysia ‘European Championships 1992”
1992-1995 - Production of Coaching Magazine for Malaysian Football ‘Coach’
1993 - Formation of National Coaches Association Malaysia
1993 - Publication of Book: Coaches Handbook
1988 - Presentation of Paper at World Congress on Science & Football, Liverpool Match Analysis
1996 - Contributor to Book ‘Science & Soccer’ published February
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TORONTO (CP) - Dick Bate helped shepherd Wayne Rooney, Jermaine Jenas, Jermaine Pennant, Glen Johnson and James Milner through the English national youth team system.

Now the 59-year-old English native is turning his attentions to Canada in his new role as technical director of the Canadian Soccer Association.

It's a daunting task - fixing soccer's framework in a country whose national men's team is ranked 84th in the world and where there is no top-flight pro league.

So why leave a soccer hotbed for a country where hockey is king?

"It's a challenge for sure," Bate said Thursday from England. "But it's a welcome challenge, a different challenge.

"You can get involved in England, you can get engrossed in what goes on in England to the detriment of not seeing other things in the world."

And Bate believes Canada can progress in the next few years.

"There are some countries that you look at, where you think 'well they've got no chance of making any progress,"' he said. "I think Canada has."

Bate notes Canada has a full complement of international youth teams, is taking part in CONCACAF and World Cup qualifying competition and is looking to enlarge its domestic club scene.

"So why not come to a country that has enough players playing the game to do reasonably well?" he asked. "When you think of countries like Norway that have lesser populations . .. and they've done well, there's no reason why Canada couldn't do it and I think that will be part of the challenge."

It's that kind of plain speaking - and a long, impressive resume - that won over CSA president Andy Sharpe. He's over the moon at snagging Bate.

The CSA narrowed its search down to six candidates -all foreigners - and then whittled the list down to two. Interviews were conducted earlier this year at the World Youth Championship in the Netherlands.

Bate will work with Canadian men's coach Frank Yallop and women's coach Even Pellerud.

Bate takes up his position next month and Sharpe says he will have free rein. Sharpe believes he should "start from scratch," with a major order of business to reorganize national training centres across the country - centres that Sharpe acknowledges are currently "hit or miss."

Bate's first love is coaching, but he is clearly an expert at teaching coaches. Earlier this year he served as director of England's Football Association's UEFA Pro Licence course at Warwick University with a host of Premiership mangers enrolled.

The Canadian job has been vacant since Holger Osieck resigned in September 2003. Osieck was both men's head coach and technical director. Yallop subsequently took over as coach.

So-called blueprints for success were issued during Osieck's tenure. More are needed, it appears.

Bate is no stranger to running the show. He was technical director of the Football Association of Malaysia from 1992 to 1995.

He has run coaching courses from Bahrain to Zimbabwe. He coached the Malaysian national and under-23 teams and served as coach or assistant coach at England's Hereford United, Leeds United and Notts County. He briefly served as manager of Southend FC in 1987, joining the likes of Booby Moore and Peter Taylor at running the team known as the Shrimpers.

Most recently, from 1998-2005, he has been head coach of England youth teams, running the gamut from under-16 to under-20.

Bate coached Rooney, first seeing him when he was coach of the under-17 team and Rooney was a member of the under-16 squad.

"He was always well-equipped in every respect," Bate said of Rooney, now a star with England and Manchester United. "Certainly physically well-equipped. he's athletic and he's got an excellent physique.

"He's come on technically very quickly in the last two or three years."

Bate says Rooney has always been a "catalyst" who "scored goals, scored important goals and made important contributions on and off the pitch."

A former defender, the six-foot-three Bates spent time as a youth player at Sheffield Wednesday and pro at York City. He then went to university but kept playing soccer at smaller clubs.

A former schoolteacher, he eventually worked his way into professional soccer as a coach and over his career has linked up several times with Howard Wilkinson, formerly a club manager, technical director of the Football Association and interim England manager.

Bate has limited experience in women's soccer but did serve as interim coach of the England's women's team for three games before the current manager was appointed.

His new title may be technical director, but he makes no bones about his love for coaching.

"I've always done both," he said. "Don't get the idea I'm a desk man . . . I'm not. I'm very much a touchline man, always have been and always will be.

"But the nature of my employment from time to time has taken me to work with coaches, which I'm more than happy to do."

Bate officially starts his new job Oct. 15, linking up with coach Dale Mitchell's under-20 side at a training camp in Manchester, England. He is slated to head to Canada on Oct. 20.

Bate's contract in Canada runs through 2009. He has yet to decide on the location of his home base over here.

Notes: Sharpe says eventually he would like to see Bate add coaching one of the national youth teams to his duties. The CSA president also dismissed rumours that Yallop may be headed back to the MLS as a head coach, saying "they're just that - rumours."
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The Canadian job has been vacant since Holger Osieck resigned in September 2003.
This is shocking!

That the CSA could go for two whole years without a technical director is a scandal. Now Bate is going to have to work hard just to get things back to where they were two years ago before we can make any progress.

Is it any wonder our national teams are going nowhere?
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old September 25th, 2005, 01:52
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That is too long between having someone in the position. I just hope that they made the right choice, with the amount of time they have used, they better have.
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