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Croatia Beat England 3-2: McClaren to be Sacked?

In this week’s EPL Talk Podcast, I warned listeners that Croatia would love nothing more than to visit Wembley and steal a win putting their country on the back pages of sportspages worldwide and making manager Slaven Bilic look like a mastermind (and a future Premier League manager). Well, they did it by beating England 3-2 in an unbelievable second half knocking England out of qualifying for Euro 2008.

Just days earlier on the BBC Sportsweek radio programme, people like Peter Taylor, Ray Clemence, Peter Shilton and John Barnes were way over their top in the praise and outlook for the England team. All of them predicted an England victory. So too did the pundits on BBC TV today including even Alan Hansen.

At this point, McClaren has to be sacked and the FA needs to think long and hard about how to fix the system which is definitely broken. Ironically it was goalkeeper Scott Carson who contributed to England’s downfall tonight, but instead of criticizing England too much, praise has to be heaped on Croatia for a strong performance on a difficult pitch.

The question is: Who should the next England manager be? Marcelo Lippi? Martin O’Neill? Slaven Bilic? Jose Mourinho? What do you think should get it?

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  1. Anonymous

    November 25, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    And England did everything to make it to the euro 08 by not allowing Croatians to postpone that sharade of the game in Macedonia that more looked like a pig wrestling match than a qual. game.Also the suspicious penalty and Crouch kissing the grounbd every two minutes…The truth is that we have a better team that knows that with every goal they score are love for them grows and so does for our country as well.Just look at your stars standing before 90000 of their fans during the ‘god save the queen’.They looked like they’re barely holding out not to pick their noses during the anthem.and also our 7000 fans were louder than yours at any time.english dont have no real motive, as for our guys know that the’ll be strangled to death if they dont leave their hearts and balls on the pitch…

  2. Anonymous

    November 22, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    bla bla bla….
    Everybody talks how England played bad, how McClaren sucks….
    Don*t mind if I say that we beat England fare an deserved.. despite the gift, and yes, Im talking about the penalty shoot, we won couse we ARE a better team..
    We have Slaven Bilic, currently the best head choach, couse he knows his job.
    And another thing, England may have the money, and the power over the media, but they will never have that bond that Croatians do. Our boys are like brothers, they would die for their teammates, and there I include the choaches..
    It*s so very obvious that our boys play with heart and pride, and not for money such as many others….
    The England players are too arogant and they underestimated us.

    No offence, but better DID won!!

    Croatian.. :))

  3. bcjohn02

    November 22, 2007 at 10:46 am

    To anonymous at 10:01 am:

    If England do win the World Cup in 2010 and deserve it, they will get all the praise in the world from me.
    If England win the World Cup in 2010 and not deserve it, they will continue to get the same slack I give them.

    I simply call things like I see them and I do not pull punches. If you can’t take that brunt honesty, go watch golf, darts or bowls.

    I am not anti-anything. I am just honest with what I see with my own eyes.

  4. Anonymous

    November 22, 2007 at 10:01 am

    BC John 02, and Kartik:

    You’re continued anti-English remarks have been noted and when we get a proper manager and win World Cup 2010 we’ll wait for your turn about.

  5. MJ

    November 22, 2007 at 8:33 am

    I hear people saying all the time that Steve McLaren is the best English manager, but personally I couldn’t disagree more. To me, Harry Redknapp, Steve Coppell, Sam Allardyce, and maybe even Alan Curbishley are better managers than McLaren; just because McLaren won an FA Cup (a competition that means less and less every season) and reached a UEFA Cup final (where they promptly got sent packing right back to the Riverside) doesn’t make him an actual better manager in terms of man management, tactical decicions, etc.

  6. Kartik

    November 22, 2007 at 12:41 am

    When was the last time an English manager won the EPL Title? And you wonder why McClaren got the job! Nobody who is English is actually better for the job!

  7. bcjohn02

    November 21, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    To anonymous at 10:36 pm:

    Obviously those ‘damn Yanks on this website know zilch about Football nor need to be commenting’ about said sport know more than Steve McClaren.

    You are simply not a true football fan. The aggro in what you say show you are nothing more than a worthless hooligan that is trying to put the blame on this loss on everything else but the fact McClaren simply got it wrong with a 4-5-1 formation to start.

    By the way, how does it feel for the English to see that the two best players on the England National Team either play in the United States or are stuck having a hell of a time getting a game at Liverpool?

  8. Anonymous

    November 21, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    The damn Yanks on this website know zilch about Football nor need to be commenting. Your national team couldn’t even beat Andorra at home and now your obsession with our team has brought us down. Go back to watching a dumb five hour long game like american football and a simple stupid game like basketball. the later is your sport and croatia has surpassed you in that sport so you are not ones to talk.

  9. Anonymous

    November 21, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    I think England overtook Spain as the footballing IDIOTS of Europe!!!
    Congratulations! I wouldn’t let McLaren coach my co-ed intramural team!!!

  10. Football Transfer

    November 21, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    yes, he will be sacked. I think Jose Mourinho is good for England because England needs a strict manager to control the stars.

  11. Anonymous

    November 21, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    I’ll suggest something really different. Keep McClaren! Who knows better what England needs to do to turn things around. Only a English coach who has intimate knowledge of the countries football players and system can right the boat.

    The goal for England should not just be a quick fix to qualify for South Africa. That will only lead to short term fixes and covering up the mistakes. Do things for the long haul.

  12. Anonymous

    November 21, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    everton are better than liverpool.everton is the best team in the world.i dont care if england lose,all i care about is everton!!!!hahahahhahha,no one can stop me now….

  13. Anonymous

    November 21, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    I want jose to be our england manager.Mclaren is extremly stupid!!!!How can he put a 4-4-1-1 when we were at 2-2.Crouch should have started alongside defoe or bent.We need the special one back right now,please!!!!!

  14. Anonymous

    November 21, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    I hear Bora Milutinovi? is available!

  15. Anonymous

    November 21, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    O’Neill, please.

  16. tyduffy

    November 21, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    I think that Martin O’Neill or Sam Allardyce make the most sense. But, do either of them give up their Premier League jobs to enter the England meat grinder?

  17. Anonymous

    November 21, 2007 at 5:34 pm

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