As we have reported a couple of times Rafa attended the UEFA Elite Club Coaches’ Forum at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland last Tuesday afternoon.
The meeting lasted 5 hours and Rafa hopped on a plane to be back in Newcastle that night to host managers who were to observe how Rafa and his coaches train the players.
And at the end of the meeting, they ended up with two recommendations made to UEFA.
They have requested that UEFA review the use of the away-goals rule in European competitions.
They have also recommended that the transfer window ends at the same time in all of Europe’s major leagues.
Last year most of the countries ended their transfer windows on 31st August, but the Premier league decided to end their window on the Thursday before the Premier league opens for business.
This year that was on Thursday 9th August, so the window is closed before the Premier League starts – a good idea.
UEFA Deputy General Secretary Giorgio Marchetti
The transfer windows ending at the same time seems like common sense but here’s what UEFA Deputy General Secretary Giorgio Marchetti said about the away goals potential change:
“The coaches think that scoring goals away is not as difficult as it was in the past.”
“They think the rule should be reviewed and that’s what we will do.”
The rule was meant to encourage away teams to attack (rather than to defend in the away leg) but what it turned out doing was to have the home side defend more.
The rule was first introduced 53 years ago in the old European Cup Winners’ Cup competition.
Before that, they used to either toss a coin to see who went through or have a replay on a neutral ground.
But that wouldn’t work today – we already have too many fixtures in a season.
So now if the composite scores are tied at the end of the two legs, UEFA will have to think about a new way of deciding which team is the winner – maybe they just play 30 minutes extra time.
What do you think?