In April of this year, I wrote: "The disgrace of not qualifying for Euro 2008 is only a few games away, and under current training methods and management style it is sadly predictable." Last night, that terrible prognosis was fulfilled, due to weak and silly decisions and the management of the team by the English coach.

Football statistics decreed that England could qualify for Euro 2008 if they did not lose their last Group game against Croatia, so McClaren played with 10 defenders and 1 attacker. Obviously you have not heard of the old maxim: "The strongest form of defense is attack!"

We have certainly seen the end of his term in charge of the English team, and now we have to endure weeks, if not months, of the FA's open-minded deliberations. There will be no clean and decisive action from the giant at 25 Soho Square, London; The dinosaurs are said to have a walnut-sized brain, and you can be sure that the nuts in the FA will eventually make a heavy and exacerbating decision.

His short list of possible replacements will be chock full of foreigners and perhaps the occasional English to appease the natives of England. You will see Mourinho's name at the top of the list, and it will be difficult to find a better manager and leader for me. His departure from Chelsea brought tears to his team's eyes, while some like Drogba openly cried in pain and disbelief.

Arsene Wenger's name will also be featured, but as quoted a few weeks ago, "If I'm the manager of England and play in France, what hymn do I sing?" He firmly believes in the theory that you must be English to get the best out of an English soccer team. It is not that the FA takes this into account after the abysmal failure of its last option.

I can't imagine a German or French national team trained and led by an Englishman; there would be a revolution at the mere mention of the idea.

There is so much difference between coaching a leading league team, which coaches together every day and plays about 50 or more football games a year, to coaching a national team that coaches only a few days together and plays a dozen of games in the year. . Sven-Goran Eriksson was a brilliant league manager before taking the job in England, and recent results with Manchester City show he hasn't lost touch at that level, but he just failed to get the national team to act to the satisfaction of the fanatics, https://www.ballinsight.com/%e0%b8%82%e0%b9%88%e0%b8%b2%e0%b8%a7%e0%b9%8....

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