Now that the dust has actually settled from England’s departure from Euro 2012, we start to pick up all the pieces and proceed as a nation to pick the bones yet again of exactly what went wrong and what went right!
Everyone has an opinion and I really do mean, everyone!
So calling all England “armchair managers” out there... What would you do?
A lot has been already said via the media, pundits and so called “experts”
about the way England play and that they should follow the way Spain do it by pretty passing. Or even Germany with precise cutting balls and now these pundits are calling for the tenacious Italian approach with one key player pulling the strings....
Wait a minute though, aren’t we England?
It seems to me that everyone you meet want us to play a completely different and alien way to what we do?
That’s all well and good as long as you have a group of true “World Class”
players who have an extensive knowledge of European football tactics while playing in different league's under their belts... But we don’t do we?
It became apparent to me many, many years ago that England and English club teams always play completely different when it comes to playing against a foreign team. Be it international duty or even champions league, we change our style to suit the needs of the opposition... Yes, I know that is tactics.... But!
Why do we need to do it that way?
A lot has also been said about the English Premier League being the “Best in the World” blah, blah!
For a very good reason. The fast pace, the aggression, determination, the punishment very quickly if a mistake or a stray pass is made etc.
So we have a group of English players who play this style very well indeed week in, week out and they compete against the best that the world of football has to offer in the shape of world class foreign imports into our league. Often it takes at least a season for these foreign players to “adjust” to our style of play.... Until then, they are ran circles round....
Are we starting to see a picture here yet at what I am getting at?
So.... If we have the players capable of beating these apparent world class players’ weeks in, week out, why can’t we do it on an international stage...
I don’t know about you guys but it seems pretty obvious to me!
We simply don’t play Premiership style play and pace in European or international games.
I mean, come on.... It’s like asking an electrician to do a bit plumbing instead... He has certainly seen the plumber on the building site doing his pipe work and pretty much know what he does but can he do the job just as well?
So why the hell do we insist on changing the style of play that our players are used to and make them play the “Spanish”or "German" way?
Do you actually see Del Bosque turn round to the Spanish team with its mainly Barcelona core and say
”look guys, we are playing England so I want you to play the ball long, fast pace and get the boot in when you can”?
No... Of course not, he makes them play to their strengths only, not their weakness.
So why do all these experts, pundits and reporters insist on trying to make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear... we are what we are, let’s start playing on OUR strengths....
A penny to a pinch of poop I bet Ashley Cole bombing down at full pace down the wing would terrify 99% of all right backs....
“But we need the ball back to do that”
I hear you all cry out...
Well, stats show that in the “Prem” even the most influential players often only get a maximum of 50 seconds on the ball during a game.
Besides that.... Swansea (a good team IMO) had a lot of possession last season, a lot more than 90% of the teams they played.... Did they finish in the top 4? No... That is how effective the premiership style of play is against pretty passing teams when it is executed properly.
There is only one team in the premiership that pretty much plays the same way regardless if it’s a champion’s league team or not.
Yep you guessed it.
Manchester United (no I am not a fan)... But that’s my case in point. Sir Alex is the most successful manager in Europe and at home and for a damn good reason... Granted though, on many occasions when it comes to semi finals and finals of the champion’s league he seems to lose the plot now and then, bottles it and tries to out play the likes of Barcelona with a completely alien tactic and style... But 99% of the time, he sticks to what he knows.
I personally think we have the right man for the job in Roy... At least he is English; he has premiership, European and international experience!
Give him time and maybe, just maybe it might just click that what I have been saying all these years may just come to fruition, here is hoping anyway!
Why dont our media call a Spade a spade?
Why do these pundits praise a player like Steven Gerrard or Rooney one week for a moment of magic in the "Prem" then to slate them for pulling on the England shirt and under perform in it?
have they become bad players overnight?
No.... Of course not... they are simply "electrician's" asked to fill in for the "plumbers" at the moment
I think we should give them the job exactly the way they know how to do and the positions and style they are completely comfortable playing... They prove it works every week!
Your thoughts and comments are more than welcome