Most people would have heard my rant on the radio on Monday night.
I’ve had a few days to cool off but my feelings haven’t changed and the embarrassment hasn’t worn off. Enough has been said about the performance itself and where England went wrong, but how many times do we have to go through this?
We never seem to learn. What do we need to do to go forwards? Go backwards. Right back. To basics. Let’s take away the luxuries and get back to reality and back to playing football. The players are pampered – there are no leaders, no characters, and no camaraderie.
Look at Italy – they have all of the above. It’s the poorest Italian side I can remember, but they’ve knocked out Spain and could even win the competition. As far as I am concerned there’s only one candidate when it comes to the new manager: Glenn Hoddle.
We need a good coach, a clever coach. Someone who is tactically aware, one that can work systems on the training ground. What are the alternatives? The FA know they have a task on their hands. Gareth Southgate doesn’t want it, but he wouldn’t be the right choice. Eddie Howe? He’s done well, but he’s still got a lot to learn. I doubt he’d want it either Sam Allardyce? Harry Redknapp?
I can’t see the FA going for them. If it’s not Glenn then they’ll most likely look overseas, but I don’t see a standout candidate that would realistically be available, interested, and hold the right credentials.