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Idiotic Promise May Cause Future Trouble

England's Steve McClaren looks on Photo via Newscom

With Fabio Capello insisting that he won’t manage England past the 2012 European Championships, names are already been branded about as a possible successor to the Italian. But with the FA proudly boasting that their next manager will be English there is hardly a wealth of managers to choose from.

Early contenders are Harry Redknapp, Roy Hodgson, Steve Bruce and Sam Allardyce with current England number two Stuart Pearce also reportedly in the frame. Without meaning to disrespect any of these they hardly have the same statute as Capello.

That is the real problem that the FA now faces after promising an English manager. The FA will be hoping that an English manager will bring more pride and passion from the players, something that was so desperately missing in South Africa.

The worry is though that the FA’s willingness to employ an English manager could backfire with huge consequences. After the 2006 World Cup there was the same urge to go English and Steve McClaren was given the chance to succeed Sven-Göran Eriksson.

What was followed was a drastic failure that lead to England failing to qualify for Euro 2008. If the same was to happen again it would mean England missing out on a World Cup which would the ultimate humiliation.

Personally I see myself more patriotic then most, but I just don’t feel the need for the England manager to actually be English and believe purely in picking a manager who is the most best man for the job.

In an ideal world yes, I’d love to see a top English manager making his national team play with the heart that we saw so many other countries play with at the World Cup.

But the fact of the matter is that we don’t have a top manager. International football is the very top level in football and I wouldn’t want to see England sacrifice the chance of success for an apparent need for an Englishman to be charge. However with the FA already promising an Englishman it means unfortunately this may be the case.

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  1. Dave C

    September 10, 2010 at 9:21 am

    This was a really dumb move by the FA. It’s almost an admission that they think Capello was not a good appointment, which can only undermime him while he’s still in the job. It’s like saying “Well, we won’t do THAT again…”

  2. Kevin McCauley

    September 10, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Please take Harry off our hands

  3. Watch Live Soccer

    September 10, 2010 at 1:18 am

    This is unfortunate…why would he say this?…england’s got a lot of new talent now…they have a good chance at the next WC…

    • Watch Live Soccer - WHY!?!?!

      September 10, 2010 at 6:11 am

      You write, …they have a good chance at the next WC…

      … Ha! … to get out of group (as long as it ISN’T the Group of Death) & Advance ONCE, providing they get a CUPCAKE or a team who’s Big Boys are injured & or have to sit out due to suspensions.

      Face it England Football is WAY behind the top teams.
      ENGLAND WILL NOT hoist the Cup, unless all 3 of these take place; 1) they win a bid to host, 2) get extremely lucky in the pairings & ONLY if they make a major change that I’ll explain below!

      England is what I’d consider a Flight 2 team & they just don’t have the technical ability to move up into Flight 1, let alone be successful therein.

      WHEN is England able to put the technically better team on the pitch?
      Not against Argentina…
      Not against Brazil…
      Not against Italy…
      Not against Spain…
      Not against Holland…
      Not against Germany…
      Not against whoever happens to be 3rd in South America many times.
      Some of those nations could field a 2nd team that may be able to go deeper in a WC then England could, if it was allowed.

      THAT might be VERY difficult for England fans to read but get your minds around it.
      But England… Remember, YOU COULDN’T even beat the YANKS… lol … where let’s face it, in the USA soccer is an after thought & the best athletes don’t even consider playing it after the age of 12.
      You should be able to run them off the pitch 3-0 consistently.
      Your “B” team should be able to handle the US… “SHOULD” but your “A” team can’t… Read ’em & weep!

      Now, England, here is the major change I mentioned earlier:
      I know a way you can put off your woes for another generation or so… Do what you do for the Olympics, COMBINE & play as Great Britain, this MAY mask your deficiencies for awhile as it will give you access to a few more players that can play at the top Int’l level, but this will just slow down the slide & give you more time to choose a “Flight 1” team to support for when the real games, the money games, are played, don’t feel bad, most around the world have a 2nd team to support when their lads go home… lol …

      • Dave C

        September 10, 2010 at 9:16 am

        You make some good points in your post (although they’re completely obvious to everyone already – England are unlikely to win a WC unless they have some incredible luck, England are tecnically deficient to Brazil/Germany/etc etc – no sh*t, sherlock!).

        However the conclusion you arrive at in your last paragraph is completely insane. How would combining England, Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland make ANY difference at all. The resulting team would essentially be “England + Gareth Bale”. An improvement, but hardly a significant one.

        • Reply to Dave C

          September 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm

          lol … I believe it’s called sarcasm… lol …

          I know, Bale now, Giggs in the past, maybe a defender or two here & there once in a while…

          The point is to help them REALIZE the futility of it all, they don’t have it, won’t have it nor will they be able to have it, EVEN if they added those 3 other countries into the mix… so stop thinking some miracle skipper will right an already sunken ship & choose a 2nd team to support & enjoy “the game” … lol …

  4. Han CNX

    September 9, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Disagree; National Team coach isn’t exactly rocket science and stature at club level may not be as relevant. A national manager doesn’t have to think about buying players, he just has to pick a well balanced team of in-form players, which is probably the easy part. The hard part is to create an actual team from those players in a VERY short time they’re together, AND to manage egos.

    Harry is more than qualified to do that; he would have the respect of the players (which McLaren lacked) and will do just fine.

    The English FA is the only FA who pay big money for big name foreign coaches, short of a couple basket case dictatorships. Germany, Holland, Spain and just about anyone else doesn’t see the need for that. And they employ coaches from their own country. Remember who won the World Cup a couple months ago? A guy who failed at Besiktas Turkey and was then unemployed for a couple years. The other finalist’s coach? Never won a national league with any club, the highlight of his career was winning the old UEFA cup in 2002.

  5. Rob McCluskey

    September 9, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    We say there isn’t a wealth of managers but what chances do we give them? It’s a problem stemmed from the Premier League, whereas other countries are happy to give opporunities to homegrown managers who want the job and they don’t get the same pressure.

    Fabio Capello has only really proven he is a fully world class manager when he was with AC Milan and that was at the start of the 1990’s! Even then look at that squad he had, England are a far cry from THAT A.C Milan team. He won two La Liga’s with Real Madrid but he had some of the greatest players in the world. I’ll give him his due that he managed it with Roma though, although I’m pretty sure Roma fans feel that Totti won them that title single handedly.

    England are not the best side in the world. Their players have too big an ego, the Premier League lacks English talent because the ambition for success leads clubs to buy in foreigners. English players have such huge price tags because if you have an English player in your squad he can be more marketable and make your team look better, all fans want to love an English player.

    The problem is this set of players, they think they’re god’s and to be honest they’re built up that way. I don’t see the problem with giving the managers job to an English manager, even if it is someone’s first job in international football. You can have all the Sven’s and Capello’s you like but look at where that has gotten England. Steve McClaren is a great manager who simply had a bunch of big headed players who buckled under the intense pressure built up by the media that the fans echo.

    I’m a Newcastle fan and I’ll admit when Hughton took charge I was against it, mainly because when he was in caretaker charge we were getting tanked every game, but look at what he has done for the club since. In those times, Hughton had a bad set of players so what is the manager to do?

    I’d just go with right man for the job, also to say that Roy Hodgson is not in the same stature as Capello is a bit off shot. That man got a Fulham side that were on the brink of relegation to the Europa League final, why do people still not realise that this man is currently at the top of the pile?

  6. nomorespinsports

    September 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    The FA (and every other football association for that matter) should hire the best coach available. Anything else is to be ridiculous.

    • Smokey Bacon

      September 9, 2010 at 8:32 pm

      Well said. The FA have painted themselves into a corner and risk looking even more stupid than normal in two years time. The only way this ends well is if old ‘Arry takes the job. Looks like he already has one foot out the door at Spurs waiting for the call. I wonder how Spurs feel about that. Not the most loyal manager ‘Arry given his previous.

      • Paul

        September 9, 2010 at 8:55 pm

        Hope the English don’t handcuff themselves like the US did. There is really no solid reason why the next gaffer must be English, nationalism aside. I am just waiting for the FA to echo Sunil’s stupid “We must have a naturalized coach because he best understands our players, system, and league.”

      • Peter

        September 10, 2010 at 10:11 am

        I hope you are joking! Harry fxxking redknapp. Is this what it has come too. You must be as deluded as the F.A seeing as you all think highly of him. He has 2-3 good seasons with Spurs for the first time in his career and suddenly he is world class. Would you confident with him in the dug-out pitting his non-exitent wits against international coaches. I wouldn’t. He doesn’t know good players when he sees them which is why he wasted the £18million recieved as West Ham boss for Rio Ferdinand on absolute shite that I don’t care to mention. He is nowhere near international class, he is a pathetic manager riding high on one success in the last 30 years of his career.

        This nationalism business is rubbish. Go all out getting David Moyes I say. Don’t matter whether he’s Scottish. Or try and see if Wenger is available. Or even perhaps Mourinho. There will be even more to choose from in 2012 but no good choices will be English.

        • Smokey Bacon

          September 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm

          As much as I like Moyes, there is something just wrong with having a Scotsman in charge of England, otherwise it would be Fergie all the way for me.

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