Friday, November 23, 2007

The fallout of England’s loss begins as Steve McClaren sacked as manager

The expected carnage, introspective, and accusations are in full force as Steve McClaren being sacked as manager of English national team appears to be just the beginning. A heart wrenching Craig Johnston critiqued everyone from the FA, to the players, and believes that the kids of today are not prepared to work hard to become better footballers. The FA itself requested a complete “a full root and branch” examination of the whole England senior team center. The fans claim that the FA is at the center of the problem themselves, believing they pick up their paychecks regardless of the outcome or performance on the pitch. Roy Keane believes there are too many egos on the England squad. What do you think? Was it coaching? Was it the players themselves? Lack of training from the very bottom? Post your thoughts here and on the soccer chat room.

27 comments:

  1. Mr.Johnston , You are absolutely correct... The entire FA board should be sacked and an independent inquiry launched to determine the reasons for the present poor state of ENGLISH sport...and a new board set up with personnel who really are interested in ensuring UK is a good sports country In fact the same problem is persistent in all sports , esp. Footbal , Cricket , Tennis and olympic sports to name a few.. The sooner the independent sports body is established will be the day god for UK sports

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  2. Absolutely 100% correct. The guy speaks an amaznig amount of sense and is really honest while he's doing it. An amazing amount of humility and passion from someone who isn't even English. If Brian Barwick had this much sense and vision then we'd be booking our tickets for Austria and Switzerland now. As it is he's going to pay himself to conduct an enquiry into his own organisation, and then give himself a bonus when he's done, all the while, nothing will change...

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  3. 100% agree. Who else can make such glaring errors and and have no-one to answer to? There needs to be an independent review of all things FA.

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  4. I agree withi him 100%. Not only that, but the players on wednesday didnt even show any pride. Forget rubbish manager we had with rubbish team selection, what about the players!!! They dont care, the fans are being conned of their money and faith. Get a team who cares. Only Beckham shows the pride the rest should be ashamed. Im still angry, they all messed UP!!! Get Mourinho, he'll sort these prideless players.

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  5. I fully agree with what Craig Johnston is saying and unlike many who have decided to jump on the band wagon when we fail at major tournaments and hopelessly look for excuses, craig has been voicing his concerns for a long time about our grass roots coaching without getting the credit he deserves. trevor brooking head of coaching development??? are you joking!!! if people like craig can see the obvious faults why can't the people who are supposed to be ruling the game also see these faults??? i think gerard houllier the ex liverpool manager should be involved in the 'new england set up' look at what he did for french football?? set up academies in all area of the country training the best young talent and surprise surprise it produced world cup winners like thierrry henry and trezeguet???

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  6. Johnston is brilliant, this is what ive wanted somebody to say for months... and in the end it takes an Aussie, shame on all you Englishmen in positions of authority and high profile standing who should have been shouting this from the rooftops long long ago. Anybody who feels as strongly about this should organise a petition to bring these idiots at the FA before an independent panel or tribunal to answer for their continual failure. Come on Sky, start a petition and make these fools pay for what they''ve done, they''ve ripped off the paying punter for too long and it has to stop!!!!!!!!

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  7. Pity that interview wasn't printed exactly word for word and with all the emotion that Craig put into it. Best bit of 'talk' TV I've seen in months He's 100% accurate. What chance of finding a British solution though? Consider...not one current English premiership manager has experience of European Cup ...and who is the best performing English manager of the past 10 years? Wait for it...Steve McLaren. I fear that it's not just the FA to blame but government, local councils (who like selling off sports fields), schools and play stations.

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  8. The FA have been getting things disastrously wrong for years now and they are still there, no one has been sacked, they seem to have impunity. Why are they still there to make the same mistakes time and again. For example, they gave Eriksson a huge pay rise BEFORE the world cup (which was absolutely ridiculous), and when the world cup campaign inevitably failed woefully they had to pay him millions in compensation to get rid of him. So when they hire McClaren they don't give him a two year contract to see how he performs at the European Championships, they give this untried and untested manager a whopping 4 year contract so that after 2 years of inevitable failure the FA again has to pay out millions in compensation (money that could go to FA youth academies to nuture young english taleng for example). How do these guys at the FA still have their jobs? It makes you sick

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  9. Perhaps we have reached the stage in Britain that our kids are too comfortable .... playstations, IPODs, evrything they want! You only have to look at Rumania, Croatia, Turkey and Greece qualifying to realise that the slightly less developed nations (economically) still manage to produce a hunger and desire to succeed in their players. In France the same could be said where it appears the majority of the national team come from the North African communities.

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  10. BRAVO CRAIG. There is only truth in honesty. England are rubbish and have been for a long time. The FA inquiry will not unearth anything we don't already know. Let them munch their custard creams without getting paid for it. Overhaul the whole system, then maybe in 10 years we'll have a team to be proud of and who are themselves proud to pull on the white jersey.

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  11. Thoroughly agree with the guy. Give him a job with the FA. British kids should stop being so spoilt: Take away their playstations and their crisps and give them a football.

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  12. I can only agree thoroughly with Craig Johnstone. Who indeed elects Barwick and Co? And are the England fans simply mindless in their support of the England team ? Would some of them support England if they put shirts on Donkeys ? It's really in the hands of the fans and the media machine to do the talking. Until the FA recognise that the wishes of the fans are respected in the appointment of managers and coaches, then the fans should vote with their feet and withdraw all support for English international football. Meanwhile, Barwick is advocating a "roots and branches" approach to the failings of the English national team............and I would suggest that it starts with Barwick and Co !

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  13. Absolutely agree!!! Let's not forget....it was Barwick and Co. who appointed McClaren; a manager who had managed ONE club and won ONE trophy. What sort of CV is that??? Its about time the FA was led by people who actually know about football...BARWICK AND CO....GET OUT!!!!!

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  14. Spot on. People say the English are impatient, and want championships and trophies, NOW. But I'll tell you what, and I'll bet that others, here, feel the same about this, I'd happily go 11 years (World Cup 2018) without a trophy, if it meant that the FA was REALLY going to town sorting-out our football future from the bottom-up. Kids need to be encouraged to turn-off the TV, put down the Playstation, and start kicking a football against the wall until there's no red bricks left. So, it's not just the FA, I believe: It's the government, too. When someone gets paid for doing nothing, that generally takes away their fight, their survival instinct, their purpose and drive. Things need to change, NOW, or I'm starting a NEW football association :-) Just my take... Scotty Stevens

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  15. Good on ya Craig. I think in the UK people are too close and too media-conditioned to see it themselves. 100% agree The FA are useless and an old boys network. Look how hopeless the media are - who in their right mind would consider Shearer for the job. Maybe the same that considered McClown. They'll go for a popular media choice next and nothing will change. I really hope Roy Keane achieves monster success - he's the only feet-on-the-ground manager.

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  16. Well done Craig, you are spot on, I agree with everything you have said, the FA have to take responsibility for this fiasco... Our players are technically inept and not good enough to be called world class (except Rooney).

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  17. Absolutely spot on! Never seen such passion from a non-englishman. Its probably worth investigating Johnston's comments about Howard Wilkinson and other global conglomerates - McDonald et al whose contribution are having a negative impact on our national game. How can the country that hosts the premiership, touted as the most exciting in the world be so shambolic at their own game. Johnston is right, another body needs to conduct this enquiry. Until then, lets not even talk about hiring a new Manager. We have nothing to compete in at the moment so lets spend the time doing some home work.

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  18. He sounds to me like the Reverend of sports this country has been cryin out for, preaching to the masses! You can apply what he is saying to SPORT in this country. Why don't we have an equivalent of the Australian or French Sports Institute when this country has proportionally, by far the largest quantity of revenue generated in the world!?! How well is it utilised? Too many suits? Probably. How have some regions up and down the country not given out prizes at sports day? It's all about taking part, apparently. The whole attitude is too 'British' & major, wholesale changes must be put into place. The Government should get KPMG, PWC or another external, independant consultancy to review sport and the money spent on it in this country as a whole. Not in relation to targets set internally. Preach brother, preach!

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  19. I co-sign everything he said, give him a job in the FA.

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  20. Totally and utterly agree with everything Craig has said. We also pretend our players are the best and our league is the best.Stop kidding yourselves it''s not. Gerrard is a yard dog in comparison to even Croat players yet we claim he is world class. Chasing around like a kitten after a piece of wool does not make you a top player, yes you Gerrard, Barton, Reo Coker, Parker, Butt, Smith, Bowyer.Learn how to pass!

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  21. Finally someone who talks sense. Get rid of Barwick and all the other suits at the FA because they are are to blame, also for us not qualifying and giving players bumper paydays. Get Jonstone in as Chief at the FA and let''s start getting players in who believe what it means to pull on the 3 lions and will play with pride, passion and belief. Even if it means picking league 1,2 or 3 players. These so called stars aren''t interested anymore and being paid to play for England is a disgrace. They should be proud to get a shirt and represent the country and everyone in it!

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  22. Like Johnston when he played for Liverpool and after his interview I like him even more! Disband the current FA and start afresh with football people like Johnston, Molby, Shearer, Pierce, Bobby Charlton, Venebles, Robson, Beckham - and let them sort out the mess. Successive governments are equally to blame selling off school play grounds and abolishing the school leagues. Everywhere you go there are no facilities for kids to play outside. Either because of "no ball games allowed" or traffic or fear of kids being snatched. To make things worse most kids' footie teams are so mismanaged it amounts to child abuse! It is not the Dutch or French models we need to emulate but those from Brazil. Meaning hunger for success, pride and love for country and hard hard work and dedication at becoming the best!

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  23. At last someone who is talking sense. We have no decent young players anywhere, and the FA MUST invest in grass roots football. Each and every club must get some sort of payment to cover the cost of setting up youth academies, and must follow it through to senior level. Footballing scholarships should be available to our best youngsters, to allow them to be coached by the best coaches available, whether it be goalkeeping, defending or attacking. Let''s get it right, and do it NOW

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  24. I agree with most of what everyone has posted...but the FA's implications can only go so far. At some point one has to put the blame on the players. Obviously there are high expectations for a team such as England's, yet, they consistently come up short. No one really seems to be blaming the play in particular...so why is the fact that maybe England is an overrated squad not being thrown out there?

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  25. Don't get me wrong; the English team has always had good players but I think there is a bit of exageration there all the time with regard to what they can deliver. I mean the hype puts a lot of pressure on those poor players. Maybe they (the English) need to tone down the rhetoric a bit and maybe the players will go on that pitch with the feeling that all they have to be is "themselves". All you have to to do is listen to those English commentators before the game and you will see what I mean. Soccer has changed a lot over the years and the playing field is a lot more leveled.

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  26. dazednconfused

    Michael Owen said after the Croatia match which we lost fair n square but that no Croatian player would get into the England team. WHAT ON EARTH WAS HE SMOKIN', SNORTIN', DRINKIN'? Earth to arrogant Englishman, they just worked you and sent you home. You look like an idiot!!!!

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  27. He deserved everything he got! Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

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