And so it comes to pass.
In a results orientated industry, you are only as good as your last game and seeing as that was the embarrassingly uninspiring 90 minutes against Iceland, the veil should indeed be pulled across Roy Hodgson’s reign as England manager.
Having taken over in May 2012 after another woeful manager, Fabio Capello, the qualification for major tournaments came and went filling us with hope as England cruised to finals with some ease.
Yet once at the actual tournaments, England seemed to crumble and take that hope and shove it squarely where it hurts us most. It has become something of a quandary how a team can get to a final and then never actually turn up.
And now that Roy Hodgson has done the honourable thing and resigned, the FA can further show its ineptitude by appointing another dismal successor.
The ultimate aim for the FA will be to appoint somebody English, possibly British at the vey least. They tried the foreign approach, that didn’t work, they’ve tried the experienced, wily old manager and that didn’t work, so what next?
Here are FIVE possibilities…
Maybe the job needs a younger man at the helm and the only possible young manager with any kind of experience is Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe. Although his knowledge has been gathered further down the leagues, the 38-year-old kept the Cherries in the Premier League after being one of the favourites for the drop. What he lacks in experience, he would make up for with enthusiasm and his football intelligence. The FA really should talk to him. To be fair, he can’t do much worse than his predecessors.
Redknapp probably should have got the job the last time around and it was odds on that he would. A widely experience coach and much loved by many, ‘Arry would be a great appointment. He has the ability to man-manage a group of players and turn them into a team, something which England will need as we face the World Cup qualifiers.
The 69-year-old has already stated that he’s not interested and criticised the FA members, but if they really want to put England on the map, then take a punt here and put someone who tells it like it is and knows the game in charge.
One of the game’s finest thinkers. Although it’s true that Hoddle hasn’t managed since 2006, he has still been on the periphery of the game and he did join Harry Redknapp’s QPR coaching staff in 2014. Although a previous manager, that shouldn’t go against him as Hoddle is probably one of only two credible possibilities for the FA. Vastly experienced and knowledgeable, it would be a travesty to bypass him.
Well established in the FA system and well respected throughout the game, both for his intelligence and his character. Very diplomatic and just the kind of person the stuffy FA would likely to pick. He could be considered one of the boys at the FA with various secret handshakes and wine over dinner, but his club managerial record was mediocre, and his England U-21s have had little success, albeit they did win the tournament in Toulon for the first time in 22 years this summer. Another FA yes man, but apparently the favourite.
Pardew was considered before, but with the disappointment of his stint at Newcastle overshadowing him and a bruised reputation whilst at Crystal Palace, maybe now is not the time. The Eagles started last season well and succeeded in getting to the FA Cup Final, but The Londoners’ league form dipped alarmingly and Palace flirted with relegation. Pardew has experience at management level, but none internationally as a player, although neither did Hodgson and some before him.