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The Curse Of The England Manager
Footytubeblog (Blog) 4 years ago
It’s a surprise that so many managers in the English game still consider the England job to be the holy grail of managerial positions. Considering the way Steve McClaren’s tenure ended and the stigma attached to him, you’ve got to wonder whether Harry Redknapp has similar concerns, should he be given the job and then go on to be seen as a failure in the eyes of the nation. An excellent manager and a great motivator for the players, but there’s no guarantee that his skills will easily translate to one of the most notoriously difficult jobs in the game.

Fabio Capello, despite his excellent managerial history and the discipline he brought into the England set-up, was chased out of the job, with many believing the Italian’s ‘misunderstanding’ of the English game and its players was a weakness that ultimately left the national side with no hope of winning this summer’s Euros. It’s still unbelievable that many England supporters and the media aren’t happy with one of the most decorated and respected managers in the modern game, showing him little respect and insisting they’re delighted he’s finally gone, but more than eager to leave the job in the hands of a manager whose achievements come nowhere near to Capello’s. But that is the negative light a former England manager is shown in, and not highlighting the fact that even the best managers available would struggle to get the best out of perennial underachievers.

Steve McClaren is the same, someone who has done well but was comfortable at his level at Middlesbrough and picking up valuable experience from his time as assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson. But his appointment as England manager is not too dissimilar from Roy Hodgson’s appointment as manager of Liverpool - clearly beyond his abilities and it quickly started to show. There was an interesting picture in one of the tabloids a few years ago just prior to McClaren getting the boot, where four or five pictures displayed a timeline from his joy at receiving the job but then quickly forming a worried and concerned manager who knew he was out of his depth. McClaren has of course done well in Europe, taking up managerial jobs in Germany and Holland - complete with Dutch accent - but none of the Premier League teams in the country will go near him; a fear that the ‘wally with the brolly’ will perhaps damage their reputation or, indeed, their short-term ambitions.

There are teams in Europe and specifically the Premier League who pick up very good, capable managers but quickly dismiss them if things aren’t going right. They then rush into the next flavour of the month and soon find out that he’s not the right man for the job. The problem with England is that it’s not too dissimilar: rushing to give managers the job but not considering somewhere down the line that his appointment would not be best. While it leaves England in a stop-start situation, it also greatly weighs down on the manager. It is unlikely Fabio Capello would be given an opportunity to manage a top club in the Premier League following his disappointing time at England; something that should be judged by what he’s achieved prior, rather than a checkered few years.

Similarly, Sven-Goran Eriksson has gone from managing big clubs in Italy - which paved the way for his appointment as England manager - to leaving Leicester City by 'mutual consent' via pre-rich Manchester City, Mexico and the Ivory Coast. Will he be given an opportunity to take a place in the dugout of a big club again, or will his time as England manager dictate where his managerial career goes?

Like most players in the Premier League, they talk about playing for their country as the highest honour, and younger players were quick to thank Capello for giving them the chance to play for their country. So why would a manager see it any differently? The problem is, for far too long the England job has been the beginning of the end for most managers - most of whom are capable of doing well at top clubs. With Harry Redknapp surely coming to the end of his managerial career, there might not be so much emphasis on him once he leaves the England post - assuming he gets the job. But for a younger manager, it may be wise to consider whether the national team job is the best move.

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Ant (Liverpool) 4 years ago
Good blog and full of truth. Unless you win a major tournament as manager of England, the press and fans will quickly turn on you and shred you to pieces. From there, your career is in freefall, at least on English soil. Name me one England manager in the last twenty years that has come out of the job looking better.

Graham Taylor (Turniphead), Terry Venables, Hoddle, Wilkinson, Keegan, Erikkson, McClaren and now Capello. All left with almost universal scorn and humiliation. Most recently Capello when the FA made yet another misguided blunder by removing the captaincy from Terry, undermining the manager.

Harry Redknapp would have to have rocks in his head to leave Spurs at this point, where he is revered and is doing amazing work. In fact, he said as much himself very recently.

Why would any manager risk everything to take control of a bunch of prima-donnas who spout their every thought on Twitter, regularly underperform and who haven't reached a final of a major tournament in fifty years?

All that can await Redknapp after a year or two in charge are crass photoshops from the tabloids, snide comments from his players on the Internet, and another rerelease of "Its coming home" by Frank Skinner.

Even though he is being forced into the England job, I think Redknapp should stay at Spurs for a long, long time. Otherwise the 'thirty years of hurt' could very well refer to the remainder of his managerial career
Juno (AC Milan) 4 years ago
Thing is, there's no minor trophy or tourney to save an England manager's ass
JestaYNWA (Liverpool) 4 years ago
How anyone can consider the England coaching job the Holy Grail of English football is beyond me. Its more like that final scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where the bad guy thinks he is about to drink from the Grail and receive eternal life. Instead, its a poison chalice that rapidly ages him until he dies mere moments later. In fact, is there a more perfect analogy for the England coaching job than that?

The task ahead of any new coach is a near impossible one. Take a group of players, many of whom are overrated, and turn them into world-beaters while dealing with the media, twitter, the media, WAGs, the media and disciplinary problems. Despite all of these difficulties, there is no allowance for mistakes. Its instant success or a stream of abuse.

England recently had what some would call a 'Golden Generation' of footballng talent at their disposal. Names like Terry, Ferdinand, Gerrard, Lampard, Beckham, Owen etc etc. These are names that wouldve beeen in the starting eleven of most teams in the world yet the results remain the same. Why would someone like Harry Redknapp would leave the team that he has built into a Premier league power and take charge of a team of overpaid egos who have a minimal chance of success? I don't get it.

The list of names whose reputations have been tarnished by the job ell the story. Lets not forget the other big name that could have also been on that list. Luiz Felipe Scolari changed his mind about taking the job because of the intrusiveness of the media back in 2006, before even playing a match!

Holy Grail indeed...
Ant (Liverpool) 4 years ago
"Its more like that final scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where the bad guy thinks he is about to drink from the Grail and receive eternal life. Instead, its a poison chalice that rapidly ages him until he dies mere moments later"

Beautiful, and I literally 'lol'ed.

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JestaYNWA (Liverpool) 4 years ago
Lol. I hope that knight shows up outside Harry Redknapps house if he becomes England manager and delivers that line in the exact same way as in the movie. If not, I'll do it
Rubin (Inter Milan) 4 years ago
You have to do it! I'd love to see that on the news!
Eneboyekedou (Barcelona) 4 years ago
This writer's twisted opinions suggest he's on Capello's payroll. Because Capello was the worst of all the managers the Three Lions ever had despite his professorial airs. [glases] Zero managerial acumen. Zero tactical imagination. Zero influence. Honestly, I believe he bolted because he wanted to avoid further embarrassment at the Euros. John Terry was a nobody made famous by racist impulses
LumpOfCelery (Chelsea) 4 years ago
Not the 3 premier leagues he won before that?  
[account-removed] 4 years ago
So the highest winning % of any England manager EVER doesn't count for anything? Cappello is an excellent manager. He was manager of a decent team. England is not a TOP tier team on the world stage. You need to read the blog someone wrote about the England team on this site becuase he explains it perfectly. Capello did an Amazing job with a good (not great) team
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Lampuiho (Arsenal) 4 years ago
LOL    He is not rude people. He is just silly. Too stupid to realize what Capello has accomplished
Gazetron (Tottenham Hotspur) 4 years ago
I think you'll find he was one of our best managers, you numpty
Coyb18 (Chelsea) 4 years ago
John Terry was a nobody made famous by racist impulses? Is that what got him in the 2006 FIFA world CUP Starting XI? What a joke...
Moelbi (Liverpool) 4 years ago
Wise words
Kain (Liverpool) 4 years ago
Capello should of left after the world cup in 2010 =S
Coyb18 (Chelsea) 4 years ago
^I think so too, the abuse and unwarranted criticism he received was just embarrassing.... A man oh his pedigree should have been shown a bit more respect
Xapmx (Manchester United) 4 years ago
The grale
Don't drink from it harry
Stay at spurs
You have an amazing team

They should hire bruce arena
So when england lose
No one will be dissappointed
And if they win
Everyone will be shocked
Coyb18 (Chelsea) 4 years ago
Great topic, I never understood the allure of the England position either.... Wonderful comparison with the scene in Indiana Jones, spot on!

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