Stuart Pearce among many others is standing in support of Steve Maclaren. And, amazed though I am given my stance earlier in his tenure, I am too. We desperately need long-term continuity in the England set up. We’ve cast off the dull tired and negative tactics of Sven and have in recent games looked a decent side. Five straight 3-0 wins is good. Yes, losing to Russia was very disappointing but we look a side playing with some definable shape and purpose now. And we are scoring plenty of goals.
It is traditional to call for the manager’s head at times like this and Mac did have a slow start. But he’s into his stride now and dumping him will not help anyone. And who will do a better job? Martin O’Neill. Well, possibly but does he want it? And it isnn’t like Villa are challenging for the title. And don’t anybody say ‘well he doesn’t have the players’ because it is exactly that situation he will face with England. Jose Mourinho? Dear God, no. I do not want that strutting peacock in charge of my national side. Just because a man can win championships by spending piles of cash does not make him good international material. National managers have a limited pool of talent. You cannot buy in any more. Unless you’re Irish and keen on geneaology perhaps. That’s why Bobby Robson was such a good manager. He never had the money to spend at Ipswich and so had to know how to get the best out of the squad available to him. Think about it.
Anyone else? Errrm. Not a host of names are there? Hiddink is too old and cynical, Klinsmann is a German and Wenger doesn’t even know that the English have football players of their own. A knee-jerk sacking only benefits the appetite of the press for blood. If they wanted him sacked, they should have shouted louder after the 0-0 against Macedonia at home. That was where this campaign went wrong. And if he goes and the ‘best man’ whoever he is, tells the FA to go forth, what then? Another bloody shambles.
Leave it be. Let him take on the next World Cup campaign and please, please, remember this. England aren’t that great. Good on their day but no strength in depth and a confidence that is wafer thin.