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The FA Get It Right
Footytubeblog (Blog) 4 years ago
They use to say that being Prime Minister was a thankless task; however being chairman of the FA cannot be that far behind, as every decision they make continues to be scoffed at in various quarters. The British Press has an unhealthy obsession in slamming football’s governing body at every opportunity and their decision to wait until the end of the season to appoint a New England manager has the likes of Martin Samuel, and the rest of Fleet Street’s rabble, getting their knickers in a twist.

I’m not a fan of the FA myself, largely down to their double standards at times with bigger clubs, but their decision to wait until the end of the season is the correct one and a respectful one for clubs whose managers are currently been touted with the post. The likes of Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and the nations favourite for the job, Harry Redknapp, have a big three months ahead of them with their respective clubs and it would be wrong of the FA to distract them and unsettle the mix. Unfortunately the Press will continue to see things differently and clubs like Tottenham will continue to have this cloud of uncertainty over them as they continue to pepper questions to Redknapp in every press conference, while speculating over the long term future should Harry leave the football club. It isn’t fair and whether it is just coincidence that the club have suffered a downturn in performance since Capello quit the job remains to be seen, but Spurs don’t need to be in this position they currently find themselves in.

What the Press need to wake up to is that the next three months is not going to define how successful we are going to be in the Euro Championships, because let’s be honest our chances were all but doomed anyway, largely down to the lack of genuine quality in this country and a former manager who was seemingly just going through the motions. Whoever takes the job for the Euros has a tough gig in place and whose managerial ability cannot be judged on this tournament.

What I find incredibly frustrating about the Press in this country is that they are one of the main root causes behind the failings of the national team. The obscene amounts of pressure they put under the manager ensures that they will go against their better interests and just pick a team that will win the respective matches. This nation never allows a manager to build a team for the future and subsequently we become the perennial failures that we are. There are so many lessons to be learnt from the French and Spanish at the benefit of showing patience with a team and then reaping the rewards at a later date, yet the Press won’t allow this sort of patience to exist, leaving a manager isolated and in the kind of position that every Chelsea boss has faced under the ownership of Roman Abramovich where if you fail to win, you’re fired. They can blame the decisions the FA make, or the coaching setup in this country until the cows come home, but the bottom line is the England football team will never be successful until the media in this country back off and relieve this ridiculous amount of pressure that surrounds every 90 minutes of International football. Maybe if they woke up to the fact that the Nation isn’t great and not likely to win every tournament, then it may go some way in allowing England to blood younger players and build for the future. The need to appoint a New manager three months in advance of the tournament won’t make a blind bit of difference to our chances and the sooner they wake up to that reality the better.

By Jay Roberts

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ManUK (Manchester United) 4 years ago
No one likes to complement the FA apparently, only hate
Ant (Liverpool) 4 years ago
It's due to their long history of partisan decisions, bad press releases, terrible public relations, well-meaning blunders, xenophobia, stronghand tactics and general bloated inefficiency
Alexinho (AC Milan) 4 years ago
It is with the FA as it is with the referee. They are doing a good job when you don't hear anything about them

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