I think that Roy Hodgson’s appointment infuriates so many of us because it shows us what we really are: we are outsiders, peering up at football’s elite.
Harry Redknapp said last week that the England manager role is “an older man’s job”. Is he right?
The FA were forced to defend the decision to change the England home kit this week after it was confirmed that the national team will be wearing a new shirt when they take on Holland at Wembley at the end of the month.
To argue against Harry Redknapp for England is akin to arguing in favour of bankers bonuses. While somewhere in both arguments lies some complicated logic, the chances of being heard above the the sonance of popular opinion are minimal. But here goes.
Fabio Capello’s managerial career best makes sense to me when I think about that Martin Scorsese’s crime thriller, The Departed. The Departed is one of my favourite films, and Capello’s career is one of the most impressive that any gaffer could want. But, in my view, they both share the same flaw: they are mostly magnificent until their closing stages. (I apologise here for spoiling the plot for anyone who has not yet seen The Departed: if you haven’t seen it, and you wish to, please skip the next paragraph.)
It’s been a notable week for the loss of titles: first Fred Goodwin, formerly a knight of the realm, and now John Terry, formerly captain of England. The news has only just broken, but it seems as though the attention around his July 9 trial – for the alleged racial abuse of QPR defender Anton Ferdinand – proved too much of a distraction for the FA leading into this summer’s European Championships.
The FA have set Spain as the example they must follow to be successful, but as Capello has discovered, it’s a long term ambition in a job that demands short term results.
Despite England’s impressive victory over Spain, Fabio Capello’s men cannot be crowned Unofficial World Champions as the title was not Spain’s to lose.
In the months before a big tournament, England players begin to resemble pieces of delicate china perching precariously on the edge of the mantel piece. Now we can all stop worrying.
Sure the season is a long one and the Premier League is only four matches old but would you really want to bet against one of the Manchester clubs not winning the title?
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