……or, “Clowns At The Circus?”
The set up with the England national team has been a farce dating back as long as Don Revie doing a runner off to the Middle East, it has to be the worst and hardest job in world football, not only has the manager have to find a team of quality player which year on year is decreasing, but he has to navigate the minefield of incompetent FA bosses and the wrath of the brain dead British press, more world cup and European championships have been lost before the team has even left the shores of our septic isle.
He then has to try to get players working together who spend 90% of their playing careers being bread to hate other members of the squad, once past that basic introduction, next is working on a formula that they all might just understand, whilst some are brain washed to 4-4-3, others are 3-5-2 or even 3-1-5-2 or 4-5-1, or even any number combination you care to imagine, then there is wing backs, wide strikers over lapping, tracking back forwards and this is just scratching the surface……
Now for some miracle we can mostly get our act together and qualify for the finals of most tournaments, but then the age old historical problems start….. First and foremost I lay the blame at the feet of our wonderful agenda seeking press, they are more interested in the stinking dog turd than the winner of crufts, its like having a family member with tourettes going to church on Sunday, you just know its wrong and the family member will say something to spoil the day.
The past competitions have all been dismembered by the press prior to departure. 2010 – (Terry witch hunt causing dressing room conflict), 2008 – MaClarengate, 2006 – Sven gate, 2004 – defence lapses and the continued penalty farce, 2002 – world cup failure to beat a 10 man Brazil we could go on…. if we can just get past the self destruct mode of the press just for one moment, and allow the footballers to stuff it up later.
I’m not great fan of Capello, its been dire at time watching England labour its way through games, however the man has got us to the finals with the best win record of our national team, and he does show incredible loyalty to his players even if the spectacle is painful to watch. Only once in my life time since 1966 did I think we were the real deal and ripping up trees and that was with Venables in Euro 96…. blimey that’s 16 years ago!…..
Plus as strange as this might seem, The FA have willingly undermined Capello, in fact its a deliberate attempt to get the man out. There is not a manager in the game that finds it acceptable for the chairman or owners to start picking who is captain and who players or not, … honestly its part of the problem at Chelsea. The manager’s position is untenable, so in a strange sort of way, I’d love Capello to tell the FA to shove it where the sun don’t shine, the FA have no defence to a court case of meddling, and it would be nice to see some of those fools get their asses kicked in court.
However the silver lining…. Old Harry used his get out of jail free card and would unite the press behind him in taking over, at least the honeymoon period would end after the European finals, it would take away the single most biggest problem a self destructive press, I would also advise JT to walk away now as he will be made the scapegoat if anything went wrong in the finals which in fact they will do at some point. Terry should support the manager who has continued to support him, regardless he is the best man for the captains job (on the pitch) by a country mile.
Our failure is already pre-planned by booking our team in a different time zone to where we are playing our matches, it would be quicker to fly from the UK on the day of the game than to take the coach from the airport to the stadium…. well done Bernstein and you other clowns at the FA!
So it leaves the press creaming themselves over Redknapp, who will somewhere drop a clanger, the image of “Mike Basset, England Manager” appears like a vision, Tottenham either lose their manager or, split duties dilute their season and they limp over the line in 4th or 5th, this allows us to sneak in undeserving 3rd.
We have a little bit of a press sponsored jolly for a couple of weeks before the olympics and by mid August the whole farce is forgotten as we continue our transformation back to a half decent football team again.
However, if any manager in the future can get England to win a major competition, then a knighthood will be the least of the awards.
Personally, I favour a reincarnation of Moses parting the Red Sea being more likely.
Posted by Voltaire