England's Euro 2016 Fallout: Where are the high quality English managers?

Andy Dillon by Andy Dillon / 29 June 2016, 15:53

England's humiliating Euro 2016 exit is still dominating the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The inquest has now begun and in turn The Sun's Andy Dillon (@andydillon70) has his say on Roy Hodgson's departure, along with the depressing dearth of high quality English managers working in the game today.

IT'S OVER, finished, kaput.

Where there was a chance that Euro 2016 could offer a glimmer of hope for the future of English football it has now been firmly extinguished.

Embarrassment, hand wringing, blame and mud-slinging are all we have left as we rake over the blackened embers of the game we gave to the world.

Unfortunately there is too much money sloshing around for us to acknowledge the ultimate defeat and give up on trying to produce a national team of which we can be proud.

Yet even now as the soreness from Monday's total and utter humiliation of defeat to Iceland still pricks the national consciousness, the worrying pulse of false pride beats in the background.

There are those who insist that the successor to Roy Hodgson's flawed regime must be an Englishman. That the new manager must be patriotic, a local, a coach who understands what it takes to breathe life back into a team which is flatlining.

The first response to this ludicrous suggestion is why? Why should The FA be so blinkered as to think there is any manager from within the shrinking borders of England who can do anything with the tools at his disposal.

We are told that they went down the foreign route with Sven Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello and that didn't work. True.

But then they have also been down the home grown route and that hasn't worked either.

Under an Englishman in Hodgson our national team has fallen to its lowest ebb ever - lower than the current value of sterling to the Euro in fact.

The other question to the soccer jingoists is how? And this is even more pertinent.

How on earth can we suddenly trump up a manager carved from English oak who will lead us out of misery and into a bold new era?

The startling fact is this: The last English manager to win ANY major domestic honour was Harry Redknapp winning The FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008.

That's the Harry Redknapp who missed out on the England job when it went to Hodgson. The patriotic East Ender who lives and breathes football who was brushed aside by The FA.

This is not banging the drum for Redknapp, although at 69 and even with a dodgy knee, he could still do the job.

Redknapp's time has most likely gone but then so has it for every English manager.

The big Premier League clubs don't want English coaches - they don't trust them anymore. A glance at last season's top flight table tells you that.

Alan Pardew was the most successful of them finishing a grandstanding 15th and reaching the FA Cup final where his Crystal Palace team was beaten by one of the worst Manchester United teams in living memory - coached by a Dutchman.

The chase for cash and bumper TV deals has seen off English players and now English managers.

Bob Paisley, Brian Clough, Joe Fagan, Howard Kendall - it feels today as those people never really existed.

Howard Wilkinson was the last English manager to win the Football League and it couldn't have been better timed as he lifted the cup with Leeds in 1992.

That was the last year of the old Football League and how ironic that with the changing of the game it simultaneously marked the last time England had one of its own on top of the pile.

Who's left? Eddie Howe? Gareth Southgate? Sam Allardyce?

Only one of them is a truly viable candidate for his experience and strong character - unfortunately he plays the wrong style of football - English football.

No, we must simply accept that the game is over. It's the final whistle and time to collapse on the floor like our abject players did on Monday evening.

The architects of the modern game built the richest league in the world while undermining its foundations at the same time.


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