Roy Hodgson is, and always has been, a tactically inept and uninspired manager – there’s no hiding from that fact. But as Hodgson walks away to the holiday departure lounge, with his inflated pay-packet bulging in his tweed jacket pocket, let’s not allow ourselves for one moment to think that with his exit, England’s chronic issues leave with him. Simply hiring a new manager at the top, won’t address England’s issues.
Reports emerging this morning, suggest that the FA would like Arsene Wenger to become the new
scapegoat manager for England’s national team. Wenger is an intelligent man, he like Jose Mourinho before him, will surely appreciate that the role of England Head Coach is perhaps the worst job in football. Other than money, the F.A really have no prospects to offer potential candidates – what manager in their right mind would be interested in slurping from the English poisoned chalice? If Hodgson was an owl, then the F.A above him are ostriches burying their heads in the sand.
The prevailing and most harrowing England statistic from Euro 2016, is that since 1966 England have won just six games in the knockout stages of international tournaments. How do we, as a footballing nation, address this issue? England has been crying out for a footballing expert to usurp the throne, without such a figure, England are doomed to continue their abysmal international form.
What should really be an alarming proposition for England fans, is that Glenn Hoddle is being considered as England’s best hope of redemption. If he’s the best man for the job, then there’s you’ve already reached DEFCON level five. Hoddle hasn’t had a management job since 2006, when he resigned from Wolves. He now puts food on his table by spouting incoherent nonsense on television – if even a single individual considers Glenn Hoddle to be a viable option then therein lies the issue.
There are simply too few top level English managers and that is the pressing issue the F.A have to urgently address. When you compare English coaching statistics in the context of other European countries, you quickly appreciate where it’s all going wrong for England:
England has 1,395 coaches holding Uefa’s A and Pro qualification badges. Germany has 6,934, France’s 3,308 and Spain has 15,423.
UEFA data published in December 2014
The correlation between the two nations who have dominated international football for the past decade and coaching numbers is clear for all to see. These are the core issues that the F.A continues to sweep under the rug.
A higher level of coaching options, reaps an improved crop of young English players – learning at all levels from a highly qualified coach. It’s an ideal, but until some form of plan is implemented to instigate change, England will always be playing catch-up.
For the F.A, the mantra moving forwards has to be ‘how do get ourselves in a position where Glenn Hoddle is not even considered an option?’, it’s as black and white as that. The English game needs to be improved at all levels, as frustrated league officials have been crying out for years. Forget about the veneer of the Premier League, it’s already starting to peel and falls apart when put under an international strain. Grassroots is the key, it always has been – every other European nation can see that, so why can’t we?
It doesn’t really matter who’s in charge of the national team, the outcome will be much the same. The F.A’s continuous managerial changes are the equivalent of applying an old plaster to a deep flesh wound – try as you might to make it stick, it’s never going to stop the bleeding.