Friday, 23 March 2012

Sven for England? No chance!

 It is always dangerous to suggest there's a lot of tripe written about football when some of us earn our livings from presenting critiques but one website recently carried the most ludicrous suggestion ever.

It read: Sven Goran Eriksson is the man to lead England into Euro 2012" despite immediately admitting that he became a figure of fun after reaching two quarter finals.

It added: "He knows the players well, he is cool and a good ambassador. Let's face it, we're not going to win it and with Stuart Pearce in charge, who isn't up to the job, we could finish bottom of our group."

To describe Sven Goran Eriksson - who has since been sacked from Manchester City, Leicester City and Notts County - as a good manager is almost as ludicrous as describing him as a good ambassador after the stories about his personal life .

It's not going to happen so why on earth waste 1,000 words or more pursuing it but it does  again raise a subject on which  the Football Association is dragging its feet even more with every successive day. Fans of football betting tips will be keen to see the matter resolved.

The likelihood is that Mr Pearce will get the gig probably under the careful eye of either Harry Redknapp - still Fabio Capello's most likely successor - or West Brom's Roy Hodgson.

As the author of the ludicrous website piece said, we're not going to win it (with or without Redknapp) and given that there were some encouraging signs of a new approach against Holland involved playing balls to feet, not too many who bet on football would have a problem with the England under 21 manager.

It probably became very apparent when Scott Parker was appointed skipper of the national team that he was Redknapp's man and that the decision had the old cockney's fingerprints all over it.

So with Harry on his way into the job sometime later this year a Stuart Pearce interim appointment would be perfectly acceptable to most of us.

But Sven Goran Eriksson? There are too many websites out there!