After another unsuccessful tournament where England have again underachieved this time Iceland joining the long list of teams to knock England out in the knock out stages of the European Championships.
And with Roy Hodgson resigning after three failed tournaments and the usual immaculate qualifying record beating world beaters like San Marino!
The search for a new England manager has started in earnest what route should we take?
In the past we’ve gone down the route of English candidates, we’ve ploughed the depths of Keegan & McLaren whilst having various levels of success under Hoddle, Venables & of course Bobby Robson.
The FA have also appointed candidates from further afield such as Sven Goran Erikson who was embroiled in more then one scandal in the media & Fabio Capello whose disciplinarian tendency’s worked to demotivate the players.
After the resignation of Hodgson the main two candidates for the job to step forward were Steve Bruce & Big Sam Alladyce. Neither have managed one of the big clubs, neither have managed in the Champions League both have been sacked more than once.
Big Sam Stats
- Allardyce has never won a major trophy as a manager
- He has a 33.6% Premier League career win percentage
- Sunderland’s average possession last season was 39.94%
- 21% of their passes were ‘long’, compared with 14.4% at Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth
- Sunderland were seven points adrift of safety at the start of January – but lost just one of final 11 games to escape relegation
Allardyce to succeed where others have failed managing the England Football Team?
But why does it matter? We’ve had managers with impeccable records at club level who have won everything under the sun. Yet we have been abject failures ever since Bobby Moore lifted the World Cup in 1966.
Big Sam now looks odds on to be the next manager of the three lions some in the past have called him a negative or defensive manager who favours the long ball. Which is unfair as Bolton manager he managed stars such as Anelka, Campo, Djorkaeff & Okocho leading his side in to Europe.
He has also had good stints with both Sunderland & Blackburn neither looking likely to go down under his tenure. The only real blemish on his record is the Newcastle job which has been a poison chalice for more than one manager.
But why not Big Sam there were no outstanding candidates Mourinho, Klopp & Guardiola are all in work & probably wouldn’t want the job.
Big Sam has the experience, knows the players & will pick his own team not who the media thinks he should pick. All in all we could do a lot worse than Big Sam after the embarrassment of this summer let’s give him a chance.
Premier League season which returning soon!
The 2016/17 Premier League season is now just weeks away. The most exciting league in the world will feature some of the finest managers on the planet this season with Jose Mourinho taking the reigns at Manchester United. Antonio Conte taking charge of Chelsea and Pep Guardiola arriving at Manchester City.
Can Leicester City mount a serious defence of their Premier League title? Will Tottenham Hotspur once again be pushing for Champions League football? Can Liverpool be the dark horses under Jurgen Klopp?
All will be revealed on the opening weekend of the season – Saturday 13th/Sunday 14th/Monday 15th August 2016.
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