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England National Football Team
Member Name: mikeyman
England National Football Team
Date: 07/11/00, updated on 07/11/00 (66 review reads)
Advantages: I can only hope for a better future
Disadvantages: the nation's embarrassment continues
Well, in the last few months England have sunk from bad to worse. After the dismal performance in Euro 2000, the nation was further embarrassed by Keegan's refusal to quit despite the fact that the 3 other semi-finalists' managers all had. So Keegan went on, and into the last game at Wembley under the Twin Towers, where...we lost dismally. All this talk of a glorious ending to awaken England's spirit again faded away, and Keegan quit. Whilst a great player - not the most talented, but the most hard-working - he could not achieve the same success as a manager. He, even more so than as a player, had very little managerial talent - 'tactically naive' was the most complimentary comment - and thought that just by willing his players to work harder he could make them win. Er, no.
So now, the FA are looking for a new saviour. All roads pointed to Venables, the only good recent Engalnd manager, tactically excellent, although perhaps not quite so talented in the financial sector. This was the man that everyone wanted: the public, 18 out of the 20 Premiership managers, all the old players from 1966. But no, the FA has gone with the first foreigner.
Why Erikkson?! I mean, he is an excellent manager, so maybe the question to ask is 'why a foreigner?' It is a fact that only 3rd world or developing football nation employ foreign managers, such as Australia (Venables) or Nigeria (probably the best of the 'developing' bunch). No country has ever won a World Cup with a foreign manager, and none of the top footballing nations have one. France and Germany are laughing at the FA's choice, which implies that England couldn't find a domestic coach that is up to scratch. I don't want to seem arrogant or overpatriotic, but England, who invented our national game of football, can cope by themselves, thankyou. Or even if they can't (like now) I would rather stumble along knowing we tried our best and didn&
#39;t run to Sweden for help. I know many agree with me, although it is a sad fact that many will also warm to Erikkson if he performs well. Ah, fickle, fickle...
As for the Swede himself, I think that England's main problem is that they don't gel - and how is a foreign coach, who has recently admitted that he doesn't know anything about English football, going to do that? This whole saga - still ongoing, the FA is further embarrassing themselves by 'begging' Lazio to release him early - is disgraceful. And the money that he is getting is atrocious: £10m-15m over 5 years, plus a £1m bonus for reaching the World Cup - as if this is some spectacular achievement. And all this while the FA are not funding our future footballing prospects.
So now England have a Scot, Adam Crozier (who came form a non-football background, advertising) and a Swede running the national game. El Tel, a nation turns its lonely hearts to you...