“Disgrace”, “Disgusting”, “let-down” were some of the words that have become synonymous with England’s gutless performance against Iceland on Monday evening. We’ve read report after report slating the national side after the abysmal defeat, and looking forward, the Three Lions need to draft a new, different calibre of manager into the managerial set-up.
Roy Hodgson tendered his resignation pretty quickly after the defeat and whilst no serious contenders have emerged just yet, the characteristics the new boss will need to display during his tenure have to be up to scratch in order to turn the fortunes of the national team around.
It’s a tough time for the Three Lions and the new gaffer needs to step up in a way we’ve never seen before. So with that in mind, here’s FIVE characteristics England should look for in their new manager.
Whether it’s an Englishman or a foreign manager, England need someone who is going to inject a shed-load of passion into the international set-up. Whether you were a fan of Roy or not, it’s hard to argue when it’s suggested that sometimes he failed to wear his heart on his sleeve.
Sometimes this injection of energy can have a negative effect on proceedings, but England really need someone with a bit of heart.
Antonio Conte is the perfect example of an international manager who knows his set-up and uses it devastating effect. His ‘three at the back’ formation with rampaging wing-backs works time and time again, whereas Roy just didn’t seem to know his best formations and the players that play in each of those roles.
Sometimes the set up needs to change based on performances which is fair enough, but did Hodgson really know his strongest team?
It was clear from the outset that England didn’t seem practiced enough to deal with Aron Gunnarsson’s long throw-ins. He’s been playing for Championship outfit Cardiff City and it seems that plenty of second-division sides could deal with his wicked delivery, so why couldn’t England?
That lack of awareness was all too apparent on Monday and it shows the new gaffer might need to be a little more aware than Roy was.
What some England fans thought was one of Roy’s biggest downfalls was his inability to step up and say he got it wrong. Whilst he said all this in his resignation statement, many would have liked to have seen him step up and suggest the likes of Raheem Sterling and Joe Hart were poor during certain games.
But instead, nothing was said and they both continued to be selected whilst the England supporters grew more frustrated.
What England need more than anything is a man that is a natural-born winner. As easy as that sounds, some managers are and always will be destined for greatness, just because they have a winning mentality.
Take Sir Alex Ferguson – he was an all or nothing manager that wore his heart on his sleeve. England are lacking direction, leadership and the ability to win games- they need leaders on the pitch, and on the touchline.