In the past week, The Blame Game has been at full force to explain why England didn’t qualify for Euro 2008 and why the future looks bleak. Robert Green blames Playstations. Alan Hansen blames the kids. David Pleat blamed the tactics. And so on and so forth (including many reporters blaming the amount of foreigners in the Premier League who are “ruining the game” and, of course, Steve McClaren for his ineptitude).
But surprisingly little blame has been aimed at the FA (Football Association).
- The FA was the one who hired Steve McClaren in the first place.
- Before the 2006 World Cup, the FA butchered the whole hiring process and allowed first choice Luiz Scolari to leave.
- The FA made a fool of themselves with the building of the new Wembley by being finishing massively over budget and over one year late in completion.
- After Sven Goran Eriksson was sacked, the terms of his severance was that the Swede would be paid $13,000 a day until he found a new job.
If the Football Association was a board of directors at a real corporation, they would have been sacked. In fact, the members of the board should have all resigned.
For the FA to still have the same imbeciles in charge is despicable. Sure, we hope they’ll learn from their lessons but England can’t afford any massive mistakes.
The next England manager should be Jose Mourinho. If the FA hasn’t approached him already to discuss terms, they risk losing the opportunity to hire The Special One.
So instead of blaming the tactics, the kids, video games and the foreigners, the blame should be placed on the shoulders of the FA. If the FA had hired the right person for the England job in the first place, none of us would be talking about the decline of English football. Sure, there are deeper problems in the English game, but only a qualified and accountable FA can fix those issues — and the current FA is not the right one to move football forward.