With Euro 2012 out of the way there was one thing Aylesbury United and Aylesbury FC bosses Tony Joyce and Craig Faulconbridge could agree on.
“I will definitely not be playing a ‘false nine’,” said Joyce, with more than a nod to the much-talked about formation deployed by champions Spain.
So it comes as little surprise that the Ducks boss added another striker to his prolific frontline with Colney Heath’s Ian Cooper, who scored 38 goals last season.
Despite wanting to bring a little slice of Barcelona to United’s rivals FC, new boss Faulconbridge was adamant he too would not be ditching his strikers.
“I would not even contemplate the arrogance of doing it. I will be playing myself,” laughed the former Coventry striker.
With Spain creating history with their third tournament victory in a row, Faulconbridge could not help but be impressed.
“It was how football should be played. What was very apparent was when the ball went in the air, the team lost possession.
“That’s where I want to go in terms of ‘tika-taka’ football. We have got to give it as fast as we can.
“I’m aware I have set myself up for a fall here but I will be the luckiest manager alive if it comes off.”
After staving off relegation last season, it is a risky strategy for FC. However, with the mystery acquisition of a new midf ielder close to completiton, the FC man believed he almost has his very own Andrea Pirlo.
At the Ducks, despite his side possessing goals in abundance, Joyce preferred a more conservative approach.
While he joked he would look to ‘lump it forward’ he confessed it would be hard for his players to replicate Spain’s style.
“You have got to be exceptional to do that. I don’t think my team could manage that. You have got to have real quality players.”
And what of England?
“I think Roy (Hodgson) did a good job in the short time he had,” said Joyce.
But Faulconbridge disagreed, saying despite the impressive ‘organisation’ under Hodgson, the team was in a ‘transitional phase’ and still ‘stuck in the Dark Ages’.