It was just like watching Coventry City
AS the England team made thier way home after an inept World Cup campaign I was left with an uncomfortable feeling.It was just like some of the dreadful performances produced at the Ricoh last season
The same poor delivery from the wings.The same endless passing without penetrating in the final third of the pitch. The same diet of long shots instead of forcing the keeper to save
And perhaps the most depressing the same cases of schoolboy defending. The way our centre halves parted for Klose's first goal against Germany reminded me of a comical goal we conceded away to Scunthorpe
Like City often the England players looked short of confidence or intimidated by the occasion. Like City the manager was able to point to percieved injustices from referees
Of course Chris Coleman paid with his job. The tabloid press who lionised him a few short months ago seem determined that Fabio Capello should do the same
Coleman is a managerial apprentice compared to probably the club manager with the best record in the last twenty years.
The City manager managed his third lower table finish in a row whilst Capello won nine out of ten qualifiers.
Capello may well have made mistakes he's learning to be an International manager but if we're saying get rid because he runs a stern training camp regime that seems hard.
If the modern English player reacts badly to being asked to exhibit professionalism for a period to win the games greatest prize ,it says more about them than the manager
it seems this group of players dont have the mental strength to perform at the very highest level.A new breed of players need to be brought forward
Some players with big ego's will need to be dispensed with. The man who dropped Alex Del Piero at Juventus and Francesco Totti at Roma and still won Italian titles seems ideal for the task
Hopefully the new breed of England players Capello brings forward will have the desire and hunger that seems to mark the players Aidy Boothroyd is bringing in to the Ricoh
It could be interesting watching both teams develop