After a frantic week of scandal, machinations and new horizons, it’s all gone a little quiet this week in the world of managerless England.
What with the media circus fully open for business of late, feelings are running high amongst the team’s supporters. More than a few are leaving the big top with no intention of returning – hardly a new phenomenon – and the journey to apathy undertaken by Mike Bayly appeared this week on the hallowed pages of Twohundredpercent. Mike has fallen out of love with the national team, but that’s ok. He has plenty of non-league action to follow and we all know that’s what really matters. Forza Tooting.
The National Football Centre at St George’s Park is due to open later this year and it’s looking absolutely fantastic. I’d kill to work there. KILL.
If Harry Redknapp should take on the job of England manager most supporters and journalists would be delighted, welcoming the opportunity to enjoy the ultimate ‘new manager bounce’: short-term gain over long-term success. Not me, though, and apparently not Richard Williams at The Guardian, who beautifully refers to Redknapp’s inevitably regressive squad selection as “Dad’s Army”.
Should Redknapp be appointed then Tottenham Hotspur will have a rather important job to fill. Football Fairground has run some very impressive numbers on the legacy left behind at their previous clubs by England managers. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a graph? If I were a Spurs fan I’d be more bothered about the comparison with Redknapp’s previous clubs than the previous clubs of past England managers. Regardless, here’s Part 1 and here’s Part 2.