Football managers could soon be making transfer negotiations online with the launch of the League Managers Association (LMA) website today.
The site, www.leaguemanagers.com, will feature football news, profiles and interviews with LMA managers and a section detailing the CVs of managers looking for employment.
There will also be a private managers Intranet allowing all 92 league managers to bung each other an email directly, which could lead to online transfer dealing. All managers will be provided with a laptop that have a personal access code to the site.
John Barnwell, LMA chief executive, said: "There has often been poor communication between managers. The site will allow more conversations regarding availability of players. Once managers are convinced the site is secure, transfer dealing could begin."
Andy Irvine, sales and marketing director for Planet Online, which will deliver the security technology and hosting infrastructure, added: "We fully understand that conversations between managers are extremely confidential and we will monitor the system. Managers have their own access code and the site recognises the dial up for each laptop."
In case they think it's all over, all managers will be given computer support and training by Kingsbridge Information Technology to use the site, designed by Web developer Planetfootball.com. Cisco Systems will provide the manager's laptops and will also sponsor a young player of the month award.
At the end of the day, one suprise omission from the site is a section providing managers with essential football terminology in case they forget their cliches during a game of two halves...
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