Everything you need to know about the shebang in South Africa
If there has been one mental state that has summed up England’s World Cup campaign, it has been rabid indecision.
Whether it was who should mind the nets or partner Wayne Rooney, Fabio Capello – and the rest of the nation, as they bickered in sordid crack-dens and air-conditioned organic delicatessens – couldn’t seem to make up their mind conclusively about anything.
It’s little wonder then that, as the English stand on the side of the road rubbernecking the carnage, nobody quite knows what to do next. The FA have declared that they need a couple of weeks in which to ruminate and cogitate. And while it’s easy to scoff at them for fudging the matter, the great British public isn’t exactly thinking clearly on the topic either.
53% of FourFourTwo.com’s voters believe Capello is still the man to lead England, while 55.6% of Guardian-takers said that he would be wrong to resign. Daily Mail readers, so often derided as a uniformly-minded, amorphous bile-blob of loathing, can’t agree this time: an inconclusive 56% think Fabio should be axed; while even readers of The Sun – traditional ringleader of the bi-annual witchhunt against whichever poor sod happens to be picking the national team - aren’t joining the pike-wielding hate mob en masse. 41% of them declared that the Italian gaffer should stay put.
Delving deeper into the red-tops’ straw polls, Three Lions supporters seem more bewildered than a malarial Kerry Katona in an astrophysics exam. When The Sun asked whether they blame the players or manager, 45% pointed the finger at Rooney and company, 50% went for ‘both’ and just 5% singled out the gaffer alone. Yet 59% of those who have just absolved him want Don Fabio to be professionally decapitated.
The users of Goal.com, meanwhile, clicked their mice 39% in favour of a P45 and 39% against, while 22% stated that Fabio’s future “depends how he handles the fallout.” Which presumably means that if he buys them a nice box of Milk Tray, whisks them away to Tuscany for a romantic mini-break and promises not to behave like that ever again, they’ll let him off this time.
But what are the options? Absolutely desperate, it seems. Asked who should be in the hotseat for the first Euro 2012 qualifier, 27.5% plumped for Capello, 19% for Harry Redknapp and 18.5% for (now-new Liverpool incumbent) Roy Hodgson. So far, so reasonable-yet-underwhelming. But beneath that Holy Trinity on the target list comes David Beckham (12.8%), whose sole managerial contribution to date is looking incredibly rugged in a suit and clapping handsomely in South Africa.
A small, semi-sane contingent call for Martin O’Neill (7.2%) and Stuart Pearce (3.1%). But below them, madness lies. 1.7% want to see the return of Steve McClaren – the most-mocked gaffer in British football history. 1.1% are convinced that Sam Allardyce’s no-nonsense approach is the way to outwit Johnny Foreigner. And an incredible 0.9% think baseball caps and long throws are the future, scrawling their X in the box marked: “Tony Pulis, England manager” between swigs of meths and shouting ‘b*stard’ at traffic.
For the English, wild knee-jerking is an ever-present trait. Win a friendly, and the World Cup’s in the bag. Lose one and we’re the most pathetic shower of unmotivated disgraces since The French at WWII. This X Factor-generation schizophrenia, while wrong-headed and annoying, has become inevitable. The present indecision is, however, more concerning.
The man on the terrace has never been short of a saviour, an option, and a six-pint-of-lager solution that MIGHT... JUST… WORK. That if we just did this, England could suddenly be globe-crushers again. But the bar stool preachers are silent and worried. The opinion columns, even, are half-hearted (one newspaper opined that the player needed a more personal touch like… Sven Goran Eriksson). The road ahead is foggy. It’s a depressing thought, but it looks like England could be head for yet another hung parliament.
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When a player like Rooney can't control a simple pass and Upson ballons the ball 20 yards in front of his team mate, yes, blame the manager, it's his fault!
At the end of the day it is how we produce our young players, educate them, coach then, and mentor them, so if you want a quality interview with a Brit who has walked the walk, and don't mind hard hitting honesty and fact, then we have to get an article in the mag from Eddy Whyte.
Having had the chance to read his latest book Kicking Into The Future 2010 and recent net interview (just type Eddy Whyte into Google as I did)he speaks a lot of sense. That interview was for the Dutch press - can't we interview him for 4-4-2?
I think the problem is fundamental. England has to start at the beginning with its football. Work rate is good but technique is even better. Getting the ball forward is nice, but formational tactics and philosophy are vital. I'd rather cheer for someone who runs intelligently than incessantly.
the main problem is that the best players do not make the best team, and the england team is yarked full of these "match winner". for instance rooney was sh*t in the 1st 3 games and yet he still played all the germany game. why? he was never going to do anthing let someone else have a go. did crouch even get on? in any game?
here is the best example of what i am saying, podolski and klose have 9 goals between them from last season, but they both start and have been doing well. klose has 4 goals. the best players dont always make the best team, the galacticos have shown that, and that is the way england pick their team
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