Tuesday, March 20, 2018

England are the village idiot of international football

David Nugent in Editorial, General Soccer News 28 Sep 2016

Sam Allardyce lasted just 67 days as England boss

Sam Allardyce lasted just 67 days as England boss

I am not sure there has been a more embarrassing period in the history of the England national football team than the last six months.

First, the Three Lions were defeated by minnows Iceland at Euro 2016 and now Sam Allardyce has left his position as boss after just one game.

The former-West Ham boss was caught in a sting by the Daily Telegraph.

In the interview, he gave to the Telegraph reporter Allardyce talked about ways around third-party ownership of players, among other things, such as Roy Hodgson and overspending on Wembley Stadium.

The whole incident has once again left English football and the FA looking very silly and they have a hell of a job to clean up the mess.

Why did he need more money?

It is alleged that the then England boss had agreed during that interview to travel to the Far East to give motivational talks about management. My question is why was he being so greedy even sitting there discussing this nonsense. It is doubtful he would even have been sitting there unless money was involved.

The guy was supposed to be in his dream job that reported paid £3million per year, so why does he need the extra income from doing other stuff on the side?

No doubt a lot of football figures do such things, but generally, most wait until they have retired, not while they are in charge of an international football team. It was a silly move by somebody that should have known better.

Allardyce has been made to look like an idiot, despite the fact that he has proven down the years that he is anything but. The 61-year-old has shot himself in the foot and only has himself to blame for this fiasco.

A sad state of affairs for England

I myself suggested that the FA chose Allardyce as he was somebody who would come in and steady the ship team-wise until somebody better came along. Allardyce is not a yes man like predecessor Roy Hodgson and has always had a big character.

He is not whiter than white personality-wise, which is what the England boss has to be. If an England boss is up to anything nefarious then journalists will find out and nail them. The newspaper will help the boss in question dig his hole, with the shovel that they provide.

This debacle has made the FA look silly because they appointed the veteran boss. However, unfortunately, he was the best of a bad bunch of currently active English bosses.

In my opinion, his record is okay in management, but he has not exactly enjoyed a trophy-laden career. People blame a lack of resources for his lack of achievement, but maybe he just made the most of the limited managerial talent he has.

This latest incident has just made the England national team even more of a laughing stock. We are now the village idiot of international football. While the likes of Germany and Spain are in positions of power. England are the ones struggling with the light switch.

It really is a sad state of affairs for the Three Lions to be in at the moment. There seems to be no quick fix to the whole mess.

Who next for England?

England under-21 boss Gareth Southgate has been given the job on a four-game basis. The former Middlesbrough boss is current favourite be handed the post on a permanent basis at odds of 11/8. Alan Pardew, Steve Bruce and Eddie Howe are the next bosses in the betting.

There are other candidates. However, those four seem to be the favourites for the post at the moment. In truth, I have to say that none of the first three candidates would inspire any confidence in me as an England fan.

I really like Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe. He is a young, forward thinking boss, but I do not believe he is ready for the post just yet. That leaves us with the usual suspect of bosses who have struggled for success in the Premier League.

It seems the FA are determined to once again put in place an English boss. There would be nothing wrong with that if there were any capable English bosses. However, there is not and the whole thing has turned into a horrible fiasco.

Who should be England’s next boss?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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